Lord, Where is Your Presence?

Sometimes I wonder if we - the church - forgot to ask for God's presence to "go with us." Or did we forget to keep asking? Yes, yes, we have the Holy Spirit, but...

Exodus 33:12-16
Moses and the Glory of the LORD
Moses said to the LORD, "You have been telling me, 'Lead these people,' but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, 'I know you by name and you have found favor with me.' If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people."

The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

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?"

Look closely: Moses asked, "How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish [us]?"

How does the world distinguish us? Is it by goodness, grace, love, justice, hope, peace and joy? No? It's by kitschy bumper stickers? And conservative politics? And angry picket signs? And unnaturally upbeat radio personalities?

Did the presence of God help those winning features shine? Or have we been trying to distinuish ourselves without the presence of the Lord? Through our own feeble, nearsighted efforts?


Lord, may you go with us, that we may be distinguished for good in this world. Amen.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Spot on.

And I have a personal vendetta against unnaturally upbeat radio personalities. ::shudders::

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