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His Presence

by Esther Griggs

Moses was human and yet he had a relationship with God that left his face glowing.  After being with God he had to wear a veil over his face when speaking to humans.

God had a vision of getting His people out of Egypt and to the promised land. When He first spoke of it to Moses at the burning bush, Moses could only see himself. Yet, God was able to free the Hebrews with some help from Moses. They got beyond Egypt but getting these people into the promise land proved a tough position. God would say, “Moses it’s time to get moving again.”

Moses tells God that unless He comes along, he’s not going anywhere. I understand Moses.

With a New Year started, I know God sees all that is ahead of me, good and bad, and it scares me. I know my weakness and failure. I know the pull of the world on my loved ones. I know we have a powerful enemy, one who seeks to rob, kill and destroy God’s children.

 I would like to close my eyes to the desperate situations around me, go on with life pretending everything is okay. God won’t let me. He has a job for me to do. “Come on now, it’s time to get moving.”

 “God” I cry, “I will not go without you. I need Your Presence with me. It provides vision and strength. It speaks calm to my fears. It brings peace and hope no matter what the demands of life are. I need You God. I need You in this new year.”

God continued to work with Moses until his work had ended. Then God buried him.

Among his last words Moses states;

“There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,

Who rides the heavens to help you,

And in His excellency on the clouds,

The eternal God is your refuge,

And underneath are the everlasting arms;

He will thrust out the enemy from before you, …”

And God says to Moses and to me and all His children:

“I will also do this thing that you have spoken;

For you have found grace in my sight, and I

Know you by name.”

“all the people among who you are

Shall see the work of the Lord,

For it is an awesome thing

That I will do with you.”

And from Jesus, our deliverer we hear:

“I am with you always.”

With my hand in His I welcome a New Year with His word stating:

“Now to Him, who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages

world without end. Amen.”

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