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Set Apart By His Presence

Posted: Thursday, February 11

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Exodus 32:1-33:23
Matthew 26:69-27:14
Psalm 33:1-11
Proverbs 8:33-36 


Verse of the day:

How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth (Exodus. 33:16)

In his twentieth century assessment, A.W. Tozer said, "The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God, and the church is famishing for want of His presence." Someone once said that as the church goes so the nation goes. If that is true, then our need for the life-changing power of the presence of God in the church is needed now more than ever. Do you long for God’s presence in your life? In your home? In your relationships? Jesus is the “Pearl of Great Price,” the “Treasure Hidden in the Field,” and it’s His presence that will set us apart.



Moses had a clear understanding of the greatest Treasure of life. It wasn’t the “Promised Land” that he most desired; instead, he longed for the presence of God. When presented with a future filled with large homes, big families, successful businesses, and protection from enemies, one would think he would jump at the opportunity, after all the bondage of Egypt wasn’t that far behind him. He could have lived the “American Dream” but Moses simply replied we can’t move ahead without you for “…your presence among us sets your people and me apart.”



Christian leader John Stott once confessed what many feel yet fail to admit: "The thing I know will give me the deepest joy -- namely, to be alone and unhurried in the presence of God, aware of His presence, my heart open to worship Him -- is often the thing I least want to do." Maybe that’s you today. If so, confess your lack of hunger for His presence and the busyness that often shows up in our diminishing desire for God. If there is unconfessed sin or brokenness in your life, repent of your failures, confess your weakness, and, once again, lean into His presence.



Enjoying the presence of God is more than an earthly pursuit. Brother Lawrence was a 15th century monk who wrote the work, “Practice the Presence of God”. When he was dying, instead of resting in bed, he curiously continued going about his daily routines, joyfully serving people without fear, sadness, or depression. He was asked, “What are you doing, Brother Lawrence?” His reply, “I’m doing what I plan to do through all eternity - worship God. When I die I won’t change my occupation. I have just been worshiping God for forty years on earth, and when I get to heaven I’ll just keep right on doing what I am doing.”