Exodus 33: 15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence
Being a godly person is not enough to get you to victory; you have to let the Lord lead you there. King Josiah was one of Judah’s most godly kings: he led the people into a great revival of Judah in bringing them back to God. Nevertheless, he made the mistake of going into battle without God’s leading and lost his life at the age of 39. He was warned not to meddle in the affair, but chose to do his own thing to his demise. Defeat is the most likely outcome when God is not leading.
Moses allowed the Lord to lead him and had countless victories. He not only brought the Children of Israel out of Egypt and led them across the Red Sea, but through God’s leading, he also led the Israelites to victories over the Amalekites and King Arad and the Canaanites. It is therefore understandable when Moses said in Exodus 33:15 “if thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence”. What Moses was saying was that he would not take another step unless the Lord led them. They were enroute to their promised land, but Moses knew that they could not make it on their own. He had tried prior to pursue his purpose and he killed a man and it cost him 40 years in the wilderness. Fast forward 40 years later, he had acquired sufficient wisdom to know that the only way to victory is to let God lead.
Why waste precious time trying to do it on your own? Victory is only sure when the Lord leads.
Life Application: Like Moses and the Children of Israel allow the Lord lead them, allow God to lead you to your victory by abiding in His presence and choosing not to move unless the cloud of the Spirit moves.
Prayer: Lord, I surrender to your leadership and ask that you lead and guide me in every area of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.