If Your presence does not go with us…

(Thomas Brooks, “A Word in Season to Suffering Saints”)

Then Moses said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here!” Exodus 33:15

God’s presence is infinitely better than the presence of all outward comforts. God is with His people to counsel them in all doubtful and difficult cases, and to defend and secure them against all their enemies and opposers.

A sound sincere Christian can never have enough . . .
power against sin, nor
strength against temptation, nor
weanedness from this world, nor
ripeness for heaven, nor
of the presence of the Lord.

The special presence of God with His people, is a most sovereign antidote.

Troubles will be no troubles,
distresses will be no distresses,
dangers will be no dangers—
if God’s presence is with you.

Mountains—will be molehills; stabs at the heart—will be as scratches upon the hand; if God’s presence is with you.

God’s special presence will turn . . .
storms into calms,
winter nights into summer days,
prisons into palaces,
weakness into strength,
poverty into plenty,
death into life.

Just so, while a Christian enjoys the singular presence of God with him, he will make nothing of this affliction and that affliction, of this trouble and that trouble, of this loss and that loss. God’s presence makes . . .
heavy afflictions—light, and
long afflictions—short, and
bitter afflictions—sweet.

A man in misery, without this gracious presence of God, is in a very hell on this side hell. God’s gracious presence makes every condition—to be a little heaven to the believing soul. There is nothing, there can be nothing, but heaven—where God is specially present.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1

“The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress!” Psalm 46:7

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