Exodus 33:12–17 (NASB95)
12Then Moses said to the LORD, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people!’ But You Yourself have not let me know whom You will send with me. Moreover, You have said, ‘I have known you by name, and you have also found favor in My sight.’
13“Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Yourways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”
14And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”
15Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here.
16“For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”
17The LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.”
How do you measure success? It could be honors, awards, accomplishments, or special invites. Success may occur, but what good is it without the presence of God. Moses learned this and we should also. We start the Church service with a song and bringing in the candles that reflect the Trinity: this is followed by the invocation. Invocation is an invite for God’s presence to be with us. We may have the best music, a record attendance, or the best program. However, our relationship with God and the sharing of life together in God’s presence is most important. The Promise Land is beautiful. However, Moses realized that without God’s presence; they were hopeless. We must remember that our relationship with God is more important than any successful achievement. I urge you to take a moment everyday to ask God to be present in every aspect of your life.