PROMISE OF THE MONTH

Promise message – February 2021

Blessings of God’s presence

Exodus 33:14 “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

            As recorded in the above promise, the presence of the Lord will go before us and will lead us. The presence of the Lord led the people of Israel in the wilderness. The Lord guided them by his presence by a pillar of cloud and fire. The presence of the Lord took care of the people of Israel in their journey. In the second part of the verse, we read ‘I will give thee rest’. The rest would refer to a comfort that the Lord gives when people become weary or exhausted in the journey. We see the birds will rest at some places as they fly all day. In the Bible, we see Abraham and his family left Ur and they were wandering in their journey. But the Lord gave them the land of Canaan to rest and as a comforting place for them. Even in our lives, the Lord God will give us rest in our tiring journey of life. Today, let us meditate on the blessings when we are led by the presence of the Lord.

God’s grace

Exodus 33:16-17 ‘For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

 

            As we read in this verse, the presence of the Lord will give us the divine grace of the Lord. In the seventeenth verse, the Lord confirms that he will do according to the words of Moses. The guarantees Moses that he will fulfill his request and he will be with them. The Lord makes a covenant with Moses as he promises that his presence will go with him. The Lord clearly listened to the words of Moses and grants his request. We the children of God must be very careful with the choice of words we use in this world. We read in Malachi 3:16 ‘Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.’ The Lord almighty listens to each and every word that proceeds from our mouth. The Lord listens to our words not to judge us but to fulfill what we ask of him. When our words are pleasing to the Lord, he will pour his divine grace and his presence will lead us.

 

God’s fellowship

Exodus 33:17 ‘And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.

            In the last part of the verse, we read ‘I know thee by name’. The experience of calling someone by their name signifies a close relationship. Our Lord God knows each and every one of his children by their names. We see the Lord called Moses by his name and that signifies an intimate fellowship between them. Same way, we should pray to God to have such strong fellowships. In Exodus 33:12 ‘Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight.’ We the children of God must increase the fellowship to an extent where we are called by our names. We read in Exodus 33:11 ‘And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.’ The Lord spoke to Moses face to face like a friend. This experience is profound. Moses had a healthy fellowship with the Lord which gave him an experience of speaking to the Lord face to face.

The relationship between Moses and the Lord is clearly established in Numbers 12:6-8 ‘And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?’ The Lord himself testifies concerning Moses and acknowledges his close fellowship with Moses. When we have a good fellowship in our lives, the Lord will speak to us directly and he will speak on our behalf in times of trials.

 

God’s goodness

 

Exodus 33:19 ‘And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

           

            Here we see the Lord will make all the goodness on his children. The goodness is one of the key characteristics of the Lord. The people of Israel drifted away from his presence many times, but the Lord did not forsake them. The Lord fulfilled the promise he made to Moses and took care of his people. The Lord held them like a father and took care of them like a mother. In Deuteronomy 1:31 ‘And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place.’ Even in our lives, the Lord has been gentle and kind to all of us. Despite our transgressions and sins, the goodness of the Lord have always been carried us in our ways.

 

God’s glory

 

Exodus 33:21-22 ‘And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by:

 

            The above verse refers to the experience of dwelling under the place of God. When we dwell under the presence of the Lord, we will witness the glory of the Lord. Here the place the Lord refers to is a rock. When we submit ourselves to live in his presence, we will be lifted up on the rock. Therefore, let us all pray that our lives are led by the presence of the Lord to receive all the four blessings from the Lord. Amen.     

 

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