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Exodus 33:12-23

By Your Side

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Exodus 33:12-23

By Your Side

By Lois Parker Edstrom

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You may be familiar with Winnie-the-Pooh stories. Winnie-the-Pooh is a bear of very little brain. He isn’t exactly smart, but he is very loveable. Pooh has a best friend named Piglet. Piglet is shy and easily frightened, but when Pooh is with him he overcomes his fears and becomes brave. With Pooh by his side he is able to face danger, especially when he needs to help his friends.

Have you ever had the experience of being frightened to do something and then found that if your mother, father, teacher, or a good friend was by your side you felt stronger? Braver? Ready to try something that seemed scary?

You may have felt that way the first time you jumped into a swimming pool, or got on a bike without training wheels, or went to your classroom on the first day of school. It helps to have someone you can trust to help you through those scary times.

Moses, the man who led the Israelites through the wilderness and through all kinds of difficult experiences, also felt the need to have someone by his side. Moses talked to God and asked, “…let me know whom you will send with me” (33:12).

Moses must have felt tired, discouraged, and frustrated because the people he traveled with grumbled and complained a lot. He felt he needed someone to help him.

This is how God answered Moses: “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (33:14).

The Bible teaches us that God is with us. When we feel discouraged or frightened it is helpful to remember God’s words: I…”will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan