While the God we serve is omnipresent, the extent to which we benefit from His presence is a function of our relationship with Him. It is a great privilege to walk closely with the creator of heaven and earth, the One that dried up the sea, the One that breaks down the walls and provides manna for 3 million people for forty years in the wilderness, the mighty God, the One that will never fail. Let’s look at this message from three perspectives:
1. The promise of divine companionship
Ex 33:14-15; Isaiah 41:10; 43:2; Jer. 15:20-21
God promises to be with us as we journey through the ups and downs of life. We have no reason to fear if God is with us. The promise of His companionship should encourage us to stay glued to Him. Moses recognised this and hence, he said in Ex 33:15 “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence”. In other words, Moses didn’t want to take a step in any direction without the presence of God. It’s my prayer that we will also develop such a fervent desire for the presence of God in Jesus name. However, the promise of divine companionship is subject to a condition.
2. The condition for divine companionship
2 Chron. 15:1-2; Psalm 91:14-16
God’s promise of divine companionship is sure, but it is on the condition that we also remain with Him. Remember the Israelites had the promise; God promised to be with them, He promised not to forsake them. But then, they forgot that this promise was based on the fact that they also remain in the will of God. In Josh 7:11, sin entered the camp of Israel and the Lord said that’s the end. Sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2; Heb. 10:38). If we are going to continue enjoying the divine presence of God, we need to be obedient to the word of God, we need to take away that barrier called sin. I pray that we will not let sin rob us of the promise of divine companionship in Jesus name. When God keeps that promise of divine companionship with you and with me, there is a result, there is something that produces in our lives and church.
3. The consequence of divine companionship.
Gen 39:2-3, 23
God’s presence with Joseph brought prosperity. All his needs were met, and his work was made to succeed and prosper. Also, his master saw that God was with him. That means, people around you will see when you are enjoying divine companionship. It’s my prayer that this year, people will see that you are called by the name of the Lord and His presence is working for you in Jesus name. Everything you touch and everything you do will turn to success in Jesus name.
The sermon, Divine Companionship, by Deaconess Tinkuma Ejovi, was delivered on April 1, 2018.