The promise and hope of God’s presence
The meaning of God’s presence in a simple term is God being “with us” — leading us, guiding us, working His will in and through us. Moses was the first person to specifically ask for God’s presence.
“The Lord said to Moses, “Depart; go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought up out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give it.’ I will send an angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; but I will not go up among you, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.”…Moses said to the Lord, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favour in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?” And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favour in my sight, and I know you by name”- Exodus 33:1-17.
One of God’s promises to all, who are redeemed by the blood of the lamb-Jesus Christ, is His presence. This means that God’s presence is your heritage, if you are a true child of God. The apostle Paul writes that all believers’ bodies are the tabernacle of God: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” I Corinthians 3:16.
Our heavenly Father is aware of what the world will look like because Satan was cast to the earth. Therefore, He assures us of His divine presence. God never leaves us, especially in problems. David knows this well, as he assures us in Psalm 34:18-21, that “Jehovah is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, And saveth such as are of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous; But Jehovah delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: Not one of them is broken”-Psalms 34:18-21.
What this implies is that a child of God can go through any difficult situation, overcome and come out victoriously, if God is with such person. People, who had God’s presence with them, became extra ordinary people, lived exceptional lives and perform excellent feats in their time. This can be your testimony, too.
When Israel was in the wilderness, God manifested His presence to them through a cloud, which was a physical manifestation of God’s pledge to be with His people. It came down and covered the tabernacle night and day. And it acted as their guide for every undertaking. When the cloud moved, they moved, and when it stayed, they stayed. They put their confidence in that visible cloud of God’s presence.
The presence of God helps us handle unfavourable changes and challenges of life. It is important that you understand the workability of God’s presence. The truth is that it takes faith to know and believe God is with you. However, proofs of His presence include, a calming peace, a quiet rest such that can be felt or sensed. Moses sought God for a continual manifestation of His presence: “…that I may know thee…” (Exodus 33:13-14). And God answered him, “…My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (verse 14).
The proof of God’s presence is peace beyond comprehension, especially in the midst of chaotic or uncertain situations. His presence also gives special preferences to those who have it. Another thing that will be evident in one’s life is all prosperity and round favour of God and that of men. Joseph Jacob is a perfect example of a Bible hero that enjoys God’s presence. “And Jehovah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
And his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found favour in his sight, and he ministered unto him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time that he made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that Jehovah blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of Jehovah was upon all that he had, in the house and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not aught that was with him, save the bread, which he did eat. And Joseph was comely, and well-favoured”-Gen 39:2-6.