What Comes with God’s Presence?
Too many sincere people have tried to do God’s work their own way and then have asked God to bless it. This is called working in the flesh or in the strength of man. But ministry doesn’t work that way. First, we find out what God wants us to do, and we do it to glorify Him. If we obey His Word and seek to honor His name, then He will come and bless the work with His powerful presence.
Listen to how Moses desired God’s presence: Exodus 33:15-17, “And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. 16 For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? Is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. 17 And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.”
Forty years earlier Moses tried to deliver Israel in his own strength only to fail miserably. Now he knew that he needed God. Without God, the entire endeavor would be a tragic failure. Without God it was hopeless. Moses needed the presence of God. There was no other way. Yet, he not only recognized his need, he acted on it. Moses was ultimately successful because he asked God for help, praying one of the most effective prayers in the Bible: “Go with us.”
Moses isn’t the only one who desired to have the presence of God. Do you remember the phrase, “the Lord was with him,”
while reading of the life of Joseph? That was the life-changing, difference-making factor in the lives of many of the saints. If you and I ever hope to fulfill God’s plan for our lives, we need God.
His presence must accompany us. His being must cover us like a cloud and emanate from us like perfume. He must go with us.
The things we need and want the most in life come from God. They are only realized when his presence is manifested in our lives. Read from some of these verses the things that attend the presence of God:
Prosperity in the face of grave adversity: Genesis 39:2, “And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.”
Favor with ungodly authorities: Genesis 39:21, “But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.”
Success: Genesis 39:23, “The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.”
Deliverance and transformation: Acts 7:9-10, “And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, 10 And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.”
These are only a few things that come with the presence of the Lord. If your life and ministry are lacking the spark of God’s power, the favor of His hand, the strength of His protection or even just plain joy of His presence, then pray the prayer of Moses: “Lord, go with us!” Let’s pray that the Lord’s presence and his power would be in every aspect of our church!