Exodus 33:15-16 God’s Presence Required

“Then Moses said to him, If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:15-16

While Moses was up on the mountain getting instructions from God the people had turned to an idol for worship. God was ready to destroy all of the people. However, Moses stood in the gap and sought God to not destroy the people.

God chose to send the people into Canaan, but said He would not go with them because He may choose to destroy them because of their stubborn hearts. Moses said that he did not want to go anywhere if God’s presence was not with them. He points out that it was His presence that made the difference between them and the rest of the world.

Many people go through life just living life, but not really LIVING life. They strive to do everything on their own. Until something goes wrong, most people do not seek God’s direction and help. They then wonder why things do not seem to go correctly at all.

God needs to be the center of your life. You need to ensure that God is with you in all that you do. Do not run ahead of God, or walk behind God. You must keep God at your side at all times. Ensure that you are walking with God’s presence in your life.

The presence of God in your life is what makes the difference between you and the rest of the world. God will make your life shine in a way that will make it stand out as different. If your life is not different, why should anyone want to follow Jesus? Why would they want to give up anything to follow Him?

Allow God’s presence to be in your life to make a difference in this world. Do not go anywhere or do anything without Him being in it. It will change the world around you.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will seek God in all that you do; that others will know God is with you; and that many will come to Jesus because of your walk with God.

Exodus 32:31-32 Standing For Others

“So Moses went back to the LORD and said, Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin–but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.” Exodus 32:31-32

While Moses was up on the mountain getting directions from God, the people started to worship a golden calf. They had given up on Moses and his God. They chose to follow an idol. Moses came back down the mountain and was angry with the people.

After cleansing the camp of any idols and getting rid of many people, he goes back up to God. He admits the great sins that the people have committed, but he asks God to forgive them. Moses then takes it a step further and tells God that if He will not forgive them, then he does not want to be in heaven with God. He does not want his name written in God’s book.

Moses shows a great love for the people. He is willing to forego heaven in order for them to make it. Jesus did the same thing for you. When He died on the cross, He was separated from His Father–God for a time in order for you to be saved.

Look around you and you will see many people who are followers of Jesus and yet have fallen into some type of sinful activity. These people are following God, but have strayed off the path for some reason.

As a strong believer, you must seek to restore them. Take time to show them God’s love and compassion and mercy. Often as believers, many will point a condemning finger at them and kick them to the curb. Often believers give up on those who have fallen into sinful acts.

Jesus wants us to strive to restore them gently. Moses stood up for those people who did not deserve anything but God’s punishment. He appealed to God’s love for them.

What are you doing today to restore someone?

Are you letting them fall and maybe even kicking them while they are down?

Are you laying down your life for others?

Or are you praying for God’s forgiveness and showing them God’s love and mercy?

Strive to restore people back to a strong relationship with Jesus today.

I pray today that God will show you ways to touch the lives of others for Jesus; that you will have the love of Jesus for others who have fallen; that you will build people up in Jesus rather than condemn them; and that many will follow Jesus because of your love to them.

Exodus 32:1 Idle Time Causes Problems

“When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Exodus 32:1

Moses had went up on to the mountain to hear from God. While there God was giving him all the regulations that were to be followed. He was up there for several weeks. After a while the people got restless from doing nothing, so they decided to start to worship an idol. They had given up on Moses and chosen their own way, despite all that they had just seen and been through.

Not doing anything at all can be very dangerous for a person. When not doing anything, the mind starts to wander. It starts to think of things of this world. A person starts to dream about things he does not have and wants. He sees things others have and he wants.

It is during these times that the devil steps in and tries to get you to be restless with God. He wants you to think that God has given up on you and that you are the one really in control.

There will be times when God wants you to slow down and rest. He will tell you to stop for a while and wait on Him. The Israelites had been moving around in the desert for a time, before they got to the mountain and had to stop.

During these times, you must focus on worshipping God and God alone. Take time to study His Word more. Keep you eyes focused on Jesus. Do not allow your heart to wander to what you do not or cannot have. Stay content with Jesus and do not allow your mind to wander.

What do you do when there is idle time in your life?

Do you satisfy your sinful nature?

Or do you turn to Jesus?

I pray today that you will find fulfillment only in Jesus; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus at all times; that you will find rest in God when in times of inactivity; and that you will bring only honor and worship to God and God alone.

Exodus 31:6 Equipped To Do The Job

“Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you:” Exodus 31:6

God had given Moses the detailed instructions on how to build the tabernacle and everything in it. The size, shape, and materials to be used were laid out in extreme detail. Now He appointed some people to be the ones to do the building of everything. God tells him that He has given each of these workers the ability to do the work required.

Since God has made the universe and everything in it, He is the ultimate builder. There is nothing that He cannot make. Along with that He has given man the ability to make and do things.

In His infinite wisdom, He has chosen to have His people to do His work in this world. Every believer is the hands, feet and voice of God in this world. Yet, as He has chosen people to do the work, He did not leave them on their own. He has given each one the ability to do the work He has called each one to do.

You may feel God telling you to do some new work for Him. You look at it and say you have no ability to do it. It is something new to you that you have never done before or it is bigger than anything you have ever done. While all that may be true, God can give you the ability to carry out the mission.

Very often God has had you in training to do a work for Him for many years. You have developed certain abilities that will give you the ability to take on a new and larger task for Him. When He calls you to that task, you must seek His wisdom and direction, and trust in His abilities.

God will not call you to something that He has not equipped you to do. Jesus said that He would always be with you and would give you all the power you need.

Are you trusting God for the ability to do His work?

Or are you running away in fear?

Trust God today and do the work He has called you to do.

I pray today that you will know the mission God is calling you to do; that God will fill you with His wisdom and direction to do the work; that God will give you favor in getting the task done; and that God will draw many to Jesus through your work in this world.

Exodus 30:37 An Incense For God

“Do not make any incense with this formula for yourselves; consider it holy to the LORD.” Exodus 30:37

God had Moses make a very specific type of incense. This incense was to be used before God at the altar. There were to be very specific types of ingredients in it and it was to be considered holy. No one was to make that incense for themselves.

In the Old Testament incense was burned before the altar to give God a pleasant smell. It was to cover the bad odor of sin in the lives of the people.

When Jesus came, the door to the altar was opened so that any person, at any time can go before God directly. There was no more prescription on how to make an incense to burn before God.

Even though no perfume is to be burnt before God today, there is a perfume that arises before God. It is the prayers of every believer. The prayers of believers is described as a sweet aroma that God smells. It brings Him great honor and glory when His people pray to Him.

Think about how great it is when someone you love takes the time to talk with you. It feels great. If they never talk with you, you may wonder if they really love you or not.

The same thing goes for God. He wants His people to talk with Him. When you spend time in prayer, which is just talking to God, it makes Him feel great. It is a wonderful smell to Him.

Too often, people spend their time making perfume for themselves or for others. They spend their time pleasing other people or trying to look good in themselves. This is the incense made for themselves that God does not want made.

Who are you making incense for?

Is it for yourself or others? Or is it for God?

Take time to talk with God. It will send up an incense that will fill Him with joy and pleasure.

I pray today that you will spend time talking with God throughout your day; that you will not focus your time on others or just yourself, but on God; that your life will be a pleasing aroma to God; and that you will bring the sweet aroma of Jesus to this lost and dying world.