in All Thy Goings
"And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will
give thee rest." (Exodus 33:14)
Precious promise! Lord, enable me to appropriate it as all my own.
We must go at certain times from our abode, for here we have no continuing city. It often
happens that when we feel most at home in a place, we are suddenly called away from it.
Here is the antidote for this ill. The Lord Himself will keep us company. His presence,
which includes His favor, His fellowship, His care, and His power, shall be ever with us
in every one of our marchings. This means far more than it says; for, in fact, it means
all things. If we have God present with us, we have possession of heaven and earth. Go
with me, Lord, and then command me where Thou wilt!
But we hope to find a place of rest. The text promises it. We are to have rest of God's
own giving, making, and preserving. His presence will cause us to rest even when we are on
the march, yea, even in the midst of battle. Rest! Thrice blessed word. Can it ever be
enjoyed by mortals? Yes, there is the promise, and by faith we plead it. Rest comes from
the Comforter, from the Prince of Peace, and from the glorious Father who rested on the
seventh day from all His works. To be with God is to rest in the most emphatic sense.