Daily Courage - December 23

from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

I will be with you. (Exodus 3:12)

Gustavo Figueroa

Many great men of God experienced loneliness. In the coming days we will take a closer look at some of them. Moses was such a man. Though we remember him as a man who spoke to God face to face (Exodus 33:11), we also know from the Scriptures that he was a very lonely man. From the time he was a baby, lying in a basket, until the time he climbed Mount Nebo to see the Promised Land, he walked alone. Though he was living in a palace, he felt alone, because his heart was with his people, Israel. While tending the sheep in the desert, he was lonely, living in exile for forty years.

It was on one of those days, while tending the flock on the far side of the desert, that the Angel of the Lord appeared to him. Moses must have thought many times that he was alone, that God must have forgotten him, but he was never alone. The Lord accompanied him wherever he went. The experience at the burning bush was imprinted in such a way that he realized: I never walk alone.

Whether we experience God's presence, or walk in the desert alone, His word says, "I will be with you, now and always."

Gustavo Figueroa from Cuba. An itinerant evangelist, he writes using a pseudonym.

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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