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The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
(Exodus 33:14)
Is it me, or has this week been a long one? As Texas dealt – and continues to deal with – the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey; Irma set out just on the heels of Harvey, wreaking havoc on a number of locations including the Virgin Islands and has held Americans captive for updates on its predicted impact on the United States; and in between these disasters were an earthquake and plane crashes. Do we dare wonder what tragedy could possibly be next?
It has been a long week, but the context in which we find today’s passage of focus suggests that Moses and the Israelites were going through a long “week,” or duration of time as well. Israel has spent nearly four centuries under the captivity and abuse of Egyptian taskmasters. Now Jehovah God is delivering them from that bondage, but in the process they’ll encounter what may arguably be dubbed the worst road trip of all time: they have no method of googling directions for the journey; Siri’s not even a blip on the technological radar screen; and even if she were, can you guess her response to Moses’  Which way to the Promised Land?
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Thankfully, Moses and Israel had access to a Navigation System through relationship with God that makes Google and Siri look illiterate. In fact, today’s passage of focus reveals that God actually encouraged what must have been a bewildered Moses by reassuring the leader that He would not only travel with but serve as supernal Guide to Moses and the children of Israel. Think of it…the very Presence of God will be with them on this 40-year journey. While it is true that Moses and his group have no inkling where they’re headed, what experiences they’ll encounter en route, or even the fact that not one of the troop’s original members will set foot within the borders of the final destination (Numbers 14:20-23), the simple fact is that they can travel the path step-by-step and rest – truly rest – in the fact that the God of the Universe is with them.
The good news for you and me is that we have access to this very same assurance of God’s Presence along our own journeys through life (Joshua 1:9; Matthew 28:20b). Author and poet James Dillet Freeman attested to this fact beautifully as the United States stood on the brink of World War II in 1941. He wrote:
The light of God surrounds me;
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me;
Where ever I am God is.
But there is a caveat to the level of assurance a person is able to experience when it comes to resting comfortably in the knowledge of God’s presence. It is a knowledge born of an intimate relationship between God and individual, an active, deliberate, committed relationship in which a person draws closer and closer to God by spending face time communicating with Him through His Word and through prayer. Moses – chosen to lead God’s people out of Egypt and into the land prepared for them – understood the importance of such relationship. Scripture, in fact, goes so far as to tell us that the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend (Exodus 33:11 ESV).
Conclude Day 9 by taking time to reflect on the following questions before documenting your PRAYER conversation for today in light of your responses:
Think of a situation whose progression was beyond your control or prediction? Did you
            experience God’s presence in the midst of your uncertainty? Describe your experience.
If you’re willing, set a goal for spending face time with God over the next three days,
then list two ways you will implement your goal.
Please see Day 1 of the series for suggested content regarding the PRAYER conversation associated with this series.
Praise and Thanksgiving:

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