The Difference of His Presence

One person can make all the difference. For instance, a quiet night alone at home can be a boring couple of hours trying to find something to do. However if my wife is there suddenly it is a calm and peaceful night with a person I love. Her presence makes the difference.

A solo walk around my neighborhood is a way to stretch my legs. When my daughter comes on that walk with me it becomes an experience where we appreciate all the wonders of nature. One person can change it all.

When it comes to things of spiritual significance, there is one unmistakable thing, which is the difference maker for each of us. There is a single defining characteristic that sets us apart.

It is not your level of skill.
It is not the effort you put in.
It is not your relationship network.
It is not your previous experience.

The difference maker is the reality of God’s presence among us. His presence always has been and always will be the most important factor in whatever you hope to accomplish. (Click to tweet)

Moses knew this to be true in his own life as well as for the people he was leading. That is why after walking through a tough moment in leadership we find Moses in Exodus 33:15-16 declare to God,

If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.  How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”

We know that His presence makes all the difference, but somehow over time it is easy to forget that critical truth. If you are in a season of success be careful that you do not begin considering your experience and skillset to be the difference maker. Maybe you are in a tough season in your leadership and you need to be encouraged by God’s words to us in Isaiah 43:2,

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

Things of spiritual significance happen as a result of God’s presence among us. By embracing that reality we discover what Moses and Isaiah both knew – our sweet spot in life is wherever we are dependent on God’s presence to make the difference. (Click to tweet)

My hope for you today is that you would find yourself in situations where you are not sure it will all work out. Let God bring you past the comfort zone of your capabilities. Great spiritual impact is found in the situations where if God does not show up, you will fall flat on your face. Where are you currently trusting God to the point where if He does not show up, you fail? (Click to tweet)



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