Exodus 33:14 - God's Presence and Rest.

Exodus 33:14 (NIV) The LORD replied, My 
Presence will go with you, and I will give you 


   Lately I have been having some sleeping 
issues. I keep waking up during the wee morning 
hours, long before I need to get up for work. My 
mind starts racing. I worry. I problem-solve. I 
toss and turn. And finally, exhausted, I get up. 
The other morning, I woke up at four oclock, 
hearing the garbage truck rumbling down our street. 
Realizing we had forgotten to take out the recycling, 
I climbed out of bed, pulling on the first 
pair of shoes I could find. I headed out the door 
and grabbed the giant recycling can. Tiptoeing 
down our path to the street, I misjudged my 
footing, and rolled my ankle. Badly. One second, I 
was taking out the garbage  the next I was 
lying in our wood chips and lavender, gazing up at 
the stars. I thought, I should have stayed in 
bed. I should have.  
   Rest can be an elusive thing. The stress 
of family dynamics can keep us up at night. 
Financial difficulties and pressures at work can rob 
us of our peace. But when we let our worries 
overtake us, it rarely ends well. We end up exhausted 
 sometimes laid out in the lavender bush. We 
need rest in order to function and to heal. In 
those anxious moments, when we cant seem to 
find peace of mind or rest in body, we can turn 
to Jesus. When we give Him our worries, we can 
find rest. Jesus is with us. He cares for us 
body, mind, and spirit. He makes us lie down in 
green pastures. He leads us beside still waters. 
He restores our souls. by Susanna Foth Aughtmon 
   Faith Step: Take a moment to close your 
eyes, knowing Jesus is there with you. Share your 
worries with Him. Know that He will take care of 
them and restore your soul. [Mornings With Jesus 
2020 Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 

   I soak in the sun as two seagulls squawk 
at each other, fighting over bread on the 
   I lift my head from the blanket, a 
motherly instinct. But these two are not mine. There 
is no squabble between two brothers to referee. 
My two sons are back in New York City as I 
visit my parents in Florida, a rare time away from 
my parenting duties. 
   I lie back down, squinting at the sun, 
then close my eyes. I listen to the waves 
crashing gently on the shore, and feel the heat of 
the sun and the cool breeze of the wind on my 
   My hands press down into the sand, 
feeling its powdery texture on my fingertips. In 
some faraway land, I am a woman busied by 
responsibilities, someone preoccupied with worry and a to-do 
list that never seems to end. I am here, there, 
and everywhere with children in tow, traveling 
in cars, buses, and trains. I'm the one who 
makes meals and beds and sometimes peace when her 
children squawk like seagulls fighting over bread on 
the sand. 
   But here I am none of those things. By 
the sea, I'm reminded that I just am. 
   Lord, I am so many things to so many 
people. Thank You for those moments when I can 
simply just be. Karen Valentin [Walking in Grace 
2021 Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   The yoke is placed upon the oxen to aid 
them in drawing the load, to lighten the burden. 
So with the yoke of Christ. When our will is 
swallowed up in the will of God, and we use His gifts 
to bless others, we shall find life's burden 
light. He who walks in the way of God's 
commandments is walking in company with Christ, and in 
His love the heart is at rest. When Moses 
prayed, "Show me now Thy way, that I may know Thee," 
the Lord answered him, "My presence shall go 
with thee, and I will give thee rest." And 
through the prophets the message was given, "Thus 
saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and 
ask for the old paths, where is the good way, 
and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for 
your souls." Ex. 33:13, 14; Jer. 6:16. And He 
says, "O that thou hadst hearkened to My 
commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy 
righteousness as the waves of the sea." Isa. 48:18.  
   Those who take Christ at His word, and 
surrender their souls to His keeping, their lives to 
His ordering, will find peace and quietude. 
Nothing of the world can make them sad when Jesus 
makes them glad by His presence. In perfect 
acquiescence there is perfect rest. The Lord says, "Thou 
wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is 
stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." Isa. 
26:3. Our lives may seem a tangle; but as we 
commit ourselves to the wise Master Worker, He will 
bring out the pattern of life and character that 
will be to His own glory. And that character 
which expresses the glory - character - of Christ 
will be received into the Paradise of God. A 
renovated race shall walk with Him in white, for they 
are worthy.  
   As through Jesus we enter into rest, 
heaven begins here. We respond to His invitation, 
Come, learn of Me, and in thus coming we begin the 
life eternal. Heaven is a ceaseless approaching 
to God through Christ. The longer we are in the 
heaven of bliss, the more and still more of glory 
will be opened to us; and the more we know of 
God, the more intense will be our happiness. As 
we walk with Jesus in this life, we may be 
filled with His love, satisfied with His presence. 
All that human nature can bear, we may receive 
here. But what is this compared with the 
hereafter? There "are they before the throne of God, 
and serve Him day and night in His temple: and 
He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among 
them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst 
any more; neither shall the sun light on them, 
nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst 
of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead 
them unto living fountains of waters: and God 
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." Rev. 
7:15-17.  {DA 331} 


   Come to Me with your defenses down, ready 
to be blessed and filled with My Presence. 
Relax, and feel the relief of being totally open 
and authentic with Me. You have nothing to hide 
and nothing to disclose, because I know 
everything about you already. You can have no other 
relationship like this one. Take time to savor its 
richness, basking in My golden Light.  
   One of the worst consequences of the Fall 
is the elaborate barriers people erect between 
themselves and others. Facades abound in the world, 
even in My Body, the church. Sometimes, church is 
the last place where people feel free to be 
themselves. They cover up with Sunday clothes and Sunday 
smiles. They feel relief when they leave because of 
the strain of false fellowship. The best 
antidote to this artificial atmosphere is practicing 
My Presence at church. Let your primary focus 
be communing with Me, worshiping Me, glorifying 
Me. Then you will be able to smile at others 
with My Joy and love them with My Love. (1Jo. 
1:5-7; Exo. 33:14; Phi. 4:8) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Walk peacefully with Me through this day. 
You are wondering how you will cope with all 
that is expected of you. You must traverse this 
day like any other: one step at a time. Instead 
of mentally rehearsing how you will do this or 
that, keep your mind on My Presence and on taking 
the next step. The more demanding your day, the 
more help you can expect from Me. This is a 
training opportunity, since I designed you for deep 
dependence on your Shepherd-King. Challenging times 
wake you up and amplify your awareness of needing 
My help.  
   When you don't know what to do, wait 
while I open the way before you. Trust that I know 
what I'm doing, and be ready to follow My lead. I 
will give strength to you, and I will bless you 
with Peace. (Exo. 33:14; Deu. 33:25; Heb, 13:20, 
21; Psa. 29:11) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


Exodus 33:14 - God's Presence And Rest.


Psalm 23:2 - Green Pastures and Still Waters 
from the Lord. 


Colossians 3:15 - Let the Peace of God Rule 
in Your Hearts. 


Philippians 4:6-8 - Cure For Anxiety And 


1 Peter 5:7 - Shifting the Burden.