Sunday, March 28, 2021
By Carol Sue Hutchinson
Passage: Exodus 33:12-14
In this passage in Exodus, Moses is in the Meeting Tent talking with God. Moses knows that God has told him to lead these people. His question is, “Who will go with me?” He knows what God has asked him to do and feels quite inadequate for the task and wonders who God will send along to help.
One of my tasks over the years in ministry was to recruit into ministry, people who didn’t feel up to the task. Often, a group of us had prayed for guidance and one name kept coming up. That person would be called and invited into ministry. One of their first questions is who will help? I would then let them know that the team recruiting them would be there, the resources needed were available and ultimately, I would be available. In verse 14, God says to Moses, “The Lord replied, ‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.”
Moses pushed God a little further. Do not send us if your presence doesn’t go with us. No one will know who we are as we can’t be distinguished from the others. In verse 17 “And the Lord said to Moses, I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.”
What a comfort to Moses and to us when God says, I am pleased with you and I know you by name. Isaiah 43:1 says, “I have called you by name, you are mine…” On my darkest days, this thought, I know you by name brings me great comfort and hope.
Prayer: God, your presence reassures us that you are always there. Thank you for the “angels” you send us to help with what you’ve called us to do. Amen