February 11, 2018

Have you ever said the words, “I’m not going without you”? They are usually uttered by someone seeking the reassurance they will not be “going alone.” It’s not that we don’t want to go; we just don’t want to go alone.

We long for presence. We want to know the path we are about to travel will be shared with someone we trust, maybe even someone who has navigated the path before. And how often has the sad story been told of one who attempted to “go it alone” only to regret the decision not long thereafter.

Moses knew what he didn’t know. He knew that there was a journey before him that couldn’t be done alone. Yes, he could have the training, the supplies, and even a well-marked map before him, but that simply wasn’t enough. So, Moses plainly stated:

And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. (Exodus 33:15)

And, God listened. In Exodus 33:16 God said, “I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken…”

How important it is for us to recognize our need of God and to enjoy the reassurance of His presence. Each day, there will be uncharted territory you’ve never traversed before. May we humbly say to God, wherever the path may lead, “I’m not going without You.”

 ~ Dr. Jeff Redlin