Exodus 33:1-23

We put so much confidence others. Companionship. Reinforcement. Security.

It is obviously daunting – to say the least – for Moses to lead “these people” (whose rebellion angers God to the point of their near extinction). But God tells him to go.

And oh by the way, I’m not going with you. (vs.3)

Moses has been used to two things on this infant journey away from Egypt: (1) Having Aaron by his side as a constant helper and (2) Having visual protection and direction from God in the form of a cloud by day, a pillar of fire by night, and his audible voice.

Things are about to be very different. God is removing his physical presence and Aaron is preoccupied with his new duties as priest. It’s really very easy to understand why Moses says, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me.”

I’m willing to do anything, God – just not alone!

I can relate. We’re social creatures – by God’s own design. He creates us to need one another, pray for one another, to cry together, fellowship, bear one another’s burdens, teach each other, serve each other.  Social media preys on this desire – our obsession, even – to have the approval and constant companionship of other people.

So, who’s going with me? It’s a logical question. Moses has already been let down and challenged by the Israelites repeatedly, since escaping slavery. He needs someone to go with him. Seriously God, who’s going with me? It’s easy to hear his desperation.

But here’s the thing. Just because God plants the desire (and even need) in our hearts for things and people on earth, they are never meant to replace our need for, and dependence on HIM. God is enough. Always. Even in the desert wilderness.

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (vs.14)

It’s evident that Moses trusts God and knows him intimately. But he is still grasping for physical reinforcement and companionship…visual security. Who is going to be beside me. What am I going to follow. And God says, me…My Presence.

Until now, Moses has had the luxury of “all the above.” He’s had God’s spiritual and physical presence, his audible voice, and he’s had Aaron. Moving on now, with “just” God’s Presence, is making him insecure. Yet, he affirms, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.”

He know in his heart. He believes in his heart. But he’s still bit uncomfortable. It’s called faith.

God help me to declare, “if your presence doesn’t go with me, don’t send me.” Don’t let me depend on anyone more than I depend on you. Don’t let me find security in people or things, but in you alone…being confident in what I hope for and sure about what I do not see. (Hebrews 11:1) May I trust unbelievably in your Presence…even when I feel physically alone…knowing that you are always beside me. Always.