In His Presence
The word of God says in Deu 29:5 that as the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness their clothes grew with their bodies and their shoes grew with their feet. In other words the same shoes that a 2-year-old baby wore out of Egypt were the same shoes that he had on his feet when he was 42 years old and crossing over the Jordan River and going into the promised land. God gave them food to eat and water to drink. Jehovah Jireh***
God gave them miracle oversight and direction. During the forty years in the wilderness God constantly interacted with them. There were many miracles, open manifestations that God was always there with them.
Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
When Israelites were led by the Divine wisdom of God they knew that He was there because they saw the physical evidence of His presence. He gave them signs to let them know that He had not left them. He led the children of Israel through the wilderness with fire by night and clouds by day. Direction was not the only reason for the fire and clouds. God had compassion for their anxiety. The fire and clouds was visible evidence of the presence of God. It was reassurance that they were not alone. He was letting them know that He there with them. He was saying I haven’t left you and I haven’t forsaken you. He was saying I will supply all of your needs. I will not let the enemy triumph over you. I will be there to help you in a time of trouble.
We can tell from their actions, the murmurs, the rebellion and disobedience that the people of Israel got so desensitized to the presence of God that they did not even notice that God was there. Just like the Israelites as we travel along our journey we sometimes don’t notice or we take for granted that God is there. We become desensitized to the blessing and fail to recognize all of the ways that God cares for us or how many ways He supplies our daily needs.
Today, we have the power of God to guide us on this journey through this earth. God with us The Holy Spirit is the power of God on the inside of every believer. The Holy Spirit, God with us, will be with the believer forever. The comforter works for you and with you. We cannot see Him with our physical eyes: but by faith. We know that He is there and daily we see manifestations of His presence.
It is good to be near God to declare His works and to dwell in His presence. Give Him Praise!
Rev. Olivia T Hines