Then Moses said to Him, “If your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.”
This verse picks up in the middle of a very significant conversation between God and Moses. To catch up on what is going on, the Children of Israel had just made the golden calf. God had told them that He would give them the land as He had promised, but that He would not go with them into the land. Moses had protested and God said that He would go with them. Moses went on to say that without the presence of God, they would be just like any other people. The thing that would distinguish them as special people of God would be God’s presence with them.
What a powerful statement to make. If God is not going, then don’t take me there either. It is the presence of God that makes life worth living, and that distinguishes the people of God from all others.
This answers the question of why we don’t win more people to God in our own lives, why our friends, neighbors and family don’t have an interest in knowing God. Sometimes the blunt truth can hurt, but it must be acknowledged. The reason more people aren’t interested is that the people of God don’t have enough of God’s presence in their lives. There is something about the presence of God that makes all other things pale in comparison. Without this presence, we are as empty and lifeless as everyone else around us. Without His presence we become just another somebody to those around us.
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of being “just another somebody” to the lost and dying around me. I have made up my mind that I am going to pursue the presence of God in my life. I am going to get so close to God that when I walk into a secular place, people are going to know that God is also in the place, and His presence is going to bring conviction of sin and a desire to know Him. There is power in His presence. Let His presence be seen and known in you today.