And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
Was it because of the holiness, devotion, or piety of the people that God promised His presence would go with them and give them rest? Obviously not, for just one chapter earlier, they were caught up in idolatry and immorality as they danced around the golden calf. No, God declared His presence would go with them and give them rest, not because they were worthy but because they had a mediator named Moses who stood between their sin and God’s holiness. Sin requires judgment, but in Moses, God found a way to bless His people rather than to judge them.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. - 1 Timothy 2:5–6
Like the children of Israel, we drop the ball; we fall short; we mess up constantly. But also like them, we experience the presence of God because we too have a Mediator, a greater than Moses - Jesus Christ.
As a result we, like the children of Israel, are given direction by a God who will go “in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents” (Deuteronomy 1:33).
As the people were preparing to enter the Promised Land, they were to follow the Ark of the Covenant, and yet there was to be two thousand cubits - over half a mile - between them and the Ark. In commanding this, it’s as if God were saying, “Give Me space. I’m going ahead of you to prepare the place for you and to prepare you for the place to which I’m leading you” (see Joshua 3:3–4).
The Lord has promised direction for us. Our part is to give Him space to work.
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store