Exodus 33:15 says, "Then Moses said to him,'If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.'"
Recently I preached a sermon about God's presence in our lives. Moses was an incredible man of God. Sure, he made quite a few mistakes, but he surrendered to God and walked with him daily. God gave him wisdom. In Exodus 33, God told Moses to take the people into the promise land; however, God told Moses that He would not go with them because they were a stiff-necked people and He might destroy them along the way. Moses was faced with a choice: does he take the blessing of God or does he take the presence of God? Many times we pray for God's blessings, and I am not saying that we shouldn't pray for God's blessings. I, too, pray that God would bless my life. I pray that He would bless my family in every area. But if we are not careful, we can become a people who want the blessing more than the Blesser. After hearing God's words, Moses pleaded with Him. He didn't want to go to the promise land if God didn't go with them. He was willing to stay in the desert with God rather than live in the promise land without Him. Moses wanted God's presence more than He wanted God's blessing. Wow! I want to be in that place. I want to be in the place where I can truly say I want the Blesser more than I want His blessing. What about you? His blessing or His presence?