"If your presence will not go with us, do not send us up from here." Ex 33:15
It is a sending (missio) passage, but Moses is literally begging God to suspend the mission if He will not accompany him along the way. Moses makes his case even stronger in the next verse by saying, “How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and 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?” (v. 16)
I am embarking on a new church planting effort, but have a seriousness and tentativeness (unusual for me) about it that reflects Moses’ position. I am 54. I have done a lot of things (some even good). I do not want to plant “A church.” I do, however, crave God and his love movement toward the world. My prayer is found couched within Moses’ request…please don’t send me unless Your Presence will go with and before me/us.
Would you be willing to pray with Robi and I? Pray for passion and clarity and teaming and overwhelming compassion for our city…and most of all, for God to accompany the effort with His grand life.