The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
A promise worth pondering. The presence of the Lord will go with us, wherever we go, and give us rest!
The words in this verse were spoken to Moses in Exodus 33 as he went before the Lord. In this chapter, Moses pleads with God for His presence to continue with the entire Israelite people. You see, God was irritated with the Israelites due to their constant doubting and disobedience. The Lord even warned Moses that His Presence would not continue to go on with the Israelites because if He did, He may not be able to hold back His judgment on them.
And yet Moses implores the Lord to go on with them because He knows without the presence and hand of the Lord, they will be like everyone else in the world. How can they continue to be God’s chosen people if God will not travel with them?
And the Lord grants Moses request. He continues on with them.
Over the past week I have felt a bit abandoned by the presence of the Lord. Stress has lain upon my heart and twirled itself around my neck like a heavy binding wet blanket. Work has been tough. Home has been unusually busy. And the bills just keep stacking up higher and higher.
Today I got on my knees before the Lord, not because I am holy or deserving of meeting with Him, but because I know this is the only place where my hope can be found – when I choose to purposefully posture myself before the glory of the Lord and His righteousness.
As I knelt there on the floor the word Halal came to mind. I didn’t know what it meant, but it just kept popping in my head. So of course when I arose from the prayer position, I had to google it. The first thing I found for the meaning of the word was a way that Muslims prepare meat. Well, I knew that wasn’t what the Lord was speaking to my heart, so I dug a bit deeper and found a different meaning in the Hebrew lexicon. Please click here now to read it.
I also found this link to Halal as it is in reference to forming part of the Word Hallelujah. I wanted to share a quote from this page with you here:
“Halal denotes an exuberance, for whatever reason. It takes no great poetic leap to see symmetry between the shining of a star and the praising of a worshiper, certainly also because in the Bible true believers are compared to stars (Daniel 12:3). Halal denotes a letting go of restraints and inhibitions, and, entirely depending on the heart behind it, can result in either a complete surrender to God’s control, or a detrimental flight without anyone at the helm. Halal can turn to either a most holy expression of devotion or else a blasphemous display of derangement.”
Look at the phrase I emphasized with bold and italics. Halal denotes a letting go of restraints, which can be good or bad depending on the heart behind it. As we come upon Chapter 5 of Stressed Less Living, I am all to aware that I need to Halal. I need to let go of restraints that are holding me back from the Lord. And one of those greatest restraints is stress. When I am stressed I make excuses like I don’t have time for prayer…or I don’t have time to do Bible study with my children…or I am irritable and rude towards my husband. I can even be irritable and snappy with God.
This week I want to challenge you to let go in the throne room of grace, not just once, but every day this week. Get down on your knees (if you are able) as you pray, and unbridle your hearts desire in worship and request before the Lord. I want you to go into the Lord’s presence just as Moses did and plead for a more and a deeper understanding of His presence. Not just for you, but for your people. For your family and your sisters and brothers in Christ. Because only with a deeper understanding of the Lord and His will can we Take Back our Lives from control and deprivation by stress.
Take the time to look up the scriptures on page 115 of your Stressed Less Living book (the end of Chapter 5). They are listed here as well.
Then share with us! Share what scripture you will choose to study a bit deeper and maybe verse map. Also, I would LOVE for you to share about your experience as you go on your knees to the throne room of grace before the Lord. What did He speak to your heart…how will you apply His Words for you this week?
And of course we have another giveaway this week! This week we will be giving away a book by Tara Furman called Intimacy with God: Your Daily Guide to Prayer. Every time you comment you are entered to win. Also, if this book looks like something you could use, you can also order it off of the Proverbs 31 store by clicking here.
Have a great week ya’ll! Can’t wait to spend it in the Word and on my knees with you!
Love, Stephanie Clayton