14 The Lord replied, “I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.” 15 Then Moses said, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. 16 How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth. — Exodus 33:14-16 NLT
Oh, to be more like Moses, to come to the full realization that the only thing that makes a Christian different from the world is the presence of God in our lives. Without God, we are nothing and can accomplish nothing of eternal value, with God, we can do all things. Moses refused to rush ahead, even refused to move unless he could be sure the presence of God was with Him. A great lesson that we need to learn to survive in this hectic, chaotic society based on instant gratificiation. We need to learn to wait on God. Not wait as in sitting in our easy chair, but wait as a military guard waits at his post. Wait with purpose and vigilance, defending our post from intruders. A guard is well-trained to defend the home front and to protect those at his position. He has read the manual more than once, knows who and what to look for and what questions to ask. Are we prepared? Have we read our manual? Do we know the enemy? Are we prepared to defend our faith? Can we explain to others why our God is the only true and living God and why the name of Jesus is the only name in heaven and on earth by which a man can be saved? The Holy Spirit, through Paul, charges us to always be ready to give an answer.