The Enabling Presence
Lord, You are the creator of beating hearts and the healer of broken hearts, amaze me today with Your presence.
Read Exodus 3:1-22
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (see Deut. 31:6). That’s God’s unbreakable promise.
“I will be with you” (12). What phrase could be simpler? (It is only three words in Hebrew.) Yet can we ever plumb the depths of its meaning and implications? Moses met God and heard these words, not in a place of worship, but in going about his everyday work. When he asks God’s name (expressing his character), the reply is enigmatic (14), with various possible translations for three words: the middle, “who, what,” and the first and last identical, “ehyeh, I am, I will be”—“connoting continuing, unfinished action” (John Durham). The Greek translation (around 270 BC), “I am the One who is,” points to God as eternally present, reflected in Jesus’ words, “I am.” (John 8:58). The word ehyeh is also used in v. 12: “I will be with you.” God calls us to follow him, and we come to know his character and desires (“name”): he will be what he shows himself to be. The God who journeyed with Moses’ ancestors (6) is now acting in the dire situation of the Israelites. Look at all the verbs with “I” as subject in vs. 7-10, and the first instance in the Old Testament of “my people” (7). God would be with them through the deliverance and journey to Sinai (12).
Later, when two people wanted to know something about Jesus, he replied, “Come … and you will see” (John 1:39); his repeated call was, “Follow me” (Matt .4:19; John 1:4). The disciples thus came to see who Jesus was and what his name implied.
Moses’ journey with God was not going to be easy (19), just as following Jesus involves “taking up our cross.” But Moses was not to be alone and nor are we. God is not a spectator urging us on, but present in the fray.
“I will be with you”—allow the words to soak into you. Then go through the day with heightened awareness and expectancy of his presence.
Gracious Father, You are the Lord of the ups and downs of my life and the Savior for all seasons of my life. I now grasp today with confidence.
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