Inadequacies and Divine Assurance: Journeying with God’s Presence

Scriptures: Exodus 3:12 ; Joshua 1:9 ; Isaiah 41:10 ; Matthew 28:20
by Jacob Abshire on October 24, 2023

How often have you found yourself echoing Moses’ words, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else”? We often grapple with our inadequacies, feeling ill-prepared for the tasks at hand. But is it our own shortcomings, or the assumption that what we possess is all we need?

Divine Strength in Presence

Consider a hesitant child learning to ride a bike. It’s not a sudden, mysterious surge of ability that empowers her but the nearness of a father. His presence infuses her with a unique strength. In her mind, the assurance that he is there takes precedence over her inadequacies. Moses serves as a reminder.

Moses spent 40 years in the powerful, authoritative surroundings of Pharaoh’s palace. Witnessing his people’s oppression, he took matters into his own hands, leading to a hasty escape. In the obscurity of Midian, he dwelled for another 40 years. Then, God called him to a purpose, and his response mirrored our doubts, “Oh my Lord, please send someone else.”

Divine Reassurance

In Moses’ moment of uncertainty, God responded with a powerful message: “I will be with you” (Ex. 3:12). Moses questioned and hesitated multiple times, but God overruled with His presence, not just answers or solutions. Even Aaron’s involvement was an act of mercy on Moses’ insufficient faith.

The Comfort of Proximity

The comfort and encouragement we find in the presence of loved ones are undeniable. At funerals, our dearest family members provide strength. During childbirth, our spouses’ presence offers support. In trying times, friends inspire us, and sharing our burdens with a trusted companion feels infinitely easier than facing them alone. The nearness of those special to us infuses our hearts with power and motivation.

Loneliness’s Debilitating Grip

Loneliness has a way of crippling us, draining our strength, and leaving us debilitated. It can reduce even the mightiest individuals to their weakest. In such moments, the promise of God’s presence becomes a beacon of hope.

Scriptural Promises of Divine Presence

The phrase “I will be with you” appears throughout Scripture, assuring individuals of God’s companionship and empowerment in their journeys. It’s a reminder that our inadequacies matter less when the omnipotent Creator is with us. Examples include:

  • Joshua 1:9: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
  • Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
  • Matthew 28:20: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

In the face of our inadequacies and doubts, let us remember that God’s promise, “I will be with you,” remains a constant source of strength and encouragement. His presence infuses us with divine power, enabling us to endure life’s challenges with unwavering faith.

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