The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
(Exodus 33:14-16 NIV)
When our family decided to immigrate twenty-two years ago, we didn’t realize the impact we had on the people around us until the day came to finally say goodbye to our neighbours. I was a little girl back then, but I can still recall our next door neighbour who had a difficult time saying goodbye to us. We told her that she would soon have new neighbours but her response was, “They won’t be you.”
When the time came for the Israelites to finally leave the wilderness and enter the Promised Land, Moses, who had known and experienced God’s presence throughout the wilderness journey, pleaded that He would go with them. He couldn’t imagine a journey without Him because the presence of an angel couldn’t replace the presence of God (v. 2).
They say some people are irreplaceable. The same goes for God. There’s nothing that can replace His love, joy peace…Don’t live life without Him.