"The Lord replied, 'My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'" - Exodus 33:14

As God made this promise to Moses, the Israelites were about to break camp and set off into the wilderness toward the land that God had sworn to give to Abraham and his descendants.

For almost a year, they had lived at the foot of Mt. Sinai, where God had given them the Law, provided food and water for them, and had begun to heal within them the scars of more than 400 years of slavery.

But, it was now time to move on. Of all of the promises that God has made, the promise of His presence shone most brightly among them. Through a pillar of cloud and fire, no matter where the Israelites would travel, God will go before them.

We do not have a pillar of fire or cloud to follow, today. Instead, we have the presence of the Holy Spirit, a presence which comforts, reassures and guides us daily. Thanks to this gift of the Spirit, we know the same assurance and rest that the Israelites knew.

Do you know the rest and comfort that God promises? Do you feel His presence with you no matter where you go, no matter what you face? Know that by bringing God into your life, you are guaranteed His presence and His rest.

Holy Spirit, I need rest! Help me to find it in You. Bring me the reassurance and comfort that the Israelites knew. Guide me Spirit. Amen.
May 26 2018