In a previous post we considered how sin keeps us from experiencing the presence of God. The example of the Israelites making the golden calf serves as a good example. God told Moses, “Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way” (Ex. 33:3). God’s holiness requires judgment on sin. God would fulfill His covenant in giving these people the promised land but, He told Moses, He would no longer go with them. The people were distressed when they heard these words.
Later when Moses met with God, he said, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here” (Ex. 33:15). Moses knew the importance of God’s presence.
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? (Ex. 33:16)
Why God’s Presence is Important:
- God’s presence is an indication of God’s pleasure.
When people sense God’s presence, they perceive that something good is happening in that church or ministry. God will not bless that which displeases Him. Because He is sovereign, God will work all things for the good (Rom. 8:28) but that is different from putting His stamp of approval on it.
- God’s presence is an identification mark of being God’s people.
There are a lot of individuals and organizations doing good things in this world who are not Christian. What makes us different from them? — God’s presence. With God’s presence comes a power to make an eternal difference, not merely a temporal one.
People will be more prone to getting involved if they believe God is present in it because it will be going somewhere, making an eternal difference.
The next question, then, is “What are indications of God’s presence?” We will look at that in the next post. You can subscribe to receive e-mail notice of new posts