The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14 NIV).
When you have an intense desire to know God, He promises to bless you with His Presence. This enables you to have continual favor with God. And the Presence of God with you is the most unmistakable sign that God is pleased with you. Also it is that one thing that distinguishes you as a child of God from others who do not believe in the Lord. People discern the Presence of God with a man. And it is God’s Presence that makes a difference when you try to communicate to others about God’s love.
The Presence of God is first of all a Holy Presence. The entire heavens echo with the non-stop praises of angels and heavenly beings proclaiming God, “Holy! Holy! Holy!” They praise His glory thus. What a privilege it is to have the Holy Presence of God go with you.
Secondly, the Presence of God is a guiding Presence. Moses had to lead a rebellious and disobedient people who did not believe the Lord despite seeing many mighty miracles that He had performed for them. So when Moses prayed for God’s Presence to accompany him, he was definitely thinking of the Presence of God who guides. And God went with them as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to guide them. What a privilege it is to have God with you as a Guiding Presence.
Finally, the Presence of God is a joyful Presence. Even though God is to be feared, His Presence is full of joy to those He causes to draw near Him. In His presence is fullness of joy. When God gifts a man with His Presence the joy, it will overflow. It will attract others to Jesus. What a privilege it is to be a channel of God’s joyful Presence in this world!
When God goes with you as a Holy, Guiding and Joyful Presence, it gives you rest. And there is no greater prayer than praying to have the Presence of God go with you!