The only time you are guaranteed rest is in God’s presence
“And he said unto Him, if Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” (Exodus 33:15)
Three fishes in an ocean were terrified by some sharks whenever they went swimming. One day, they held a prayer meeting and invited God to be in attendance. When God came down, He asked them what they each wanted. The first fish asked for eyes all over its body so that from a long distance, it could sight the sharks coming. The second fish requested wings to fly whenever it was being chased by the sharks. The third fish simply requested that God should follow it wherever it went. The Lord granted all their requests.
Immediately God left, the first fish realized that all the scales on its body had become eyes. Its new look attracted the sharks and they began to pursue it. From a distance, it sighted the sharks swim fast towards it. Immediately, it leaped into a small pool of water nearby. Safe from the sharks, it began to laugh at the predators. Hours later, however, the pool dried up and it died. The sharks then turned their sight on the second fish. As it was being chased, it flew out of the ocean, and from a safe height began to mock the sharks. Unfortunately, an eagle was flying overhead and, thanking God, snapped up the fish. Meanwhile, the third fish was swimming quietly and enjoying itself. The baby shark told its mother that there was another, seemingly not afraid of them. Now, when the baby shark asked that they go after the fish, its mother cautioned: “Can’t you see the shadow of a man following that fish? If you go near it, you will be killed.” That was how the third fish survived the sharks. When Christ is with you, there will be no need to fret. He will take care of you. Is Christ with you? Do you feel His presence? Or do you like the first two fishes prefer something else to God’s presence? Moses, like the third fish, chose well; he refused to go anywhere if God would not follow him. Are you going to places without God’s presence? Do not be surprised when you meet with disappointment.
According to Exodus 33:14, the only time you are guaranteed rest is in God’s presence!
May the LORD bless Nigeria, American and Israel and take care of us; May the LORD make His face shine upon us, And be gracious to us; May the Lord lift up His countenance upon us, And give us peace, In Jesus Christ Name, we pray! Amen!
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