Scripture: Exodus 33
Prosperity requires work; God had promised the Israelites a land where the work had already been done.
We used to be a nation under God; however, we are a divided nation today.
We are standing ourselves apart from God by not following God’s deepest, most basic command — to love and care for each other. To put the work in to love on and care for His children as we were commanded.
As they traveled through the desert, Moses established a place specifically for speak with God: the tent of meeting. Moses was able to do great things because the presence of the Lord was with him. We cannot do anything sans the presence of God — nothing substantial for his kingdom or for the hearts and souls of others.
We have work to do. We have people to care for, God’s kingdom to work toward.
People will see that we are Christians and see God’s presence in the love and care, the mercy that we show to those around us. Mercy over judgment.
“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. 10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’ — Zechariah 7:9-10
We cannot serve the Lord by look behind at His back. We need to look forward, toward His face, and in so doing, point others to His face as well.