Exodus 33:21Then the LORD said, ‘There is a place near Me where you may stand…’

I just love this phrase: ‘A place where you may stand…’ Years ago, I had the privilege of travelling to Italy. We were able to see some of the great church buildings and enjoy their splendor and magnificence. We came to one building where there was a long flight of wooden stairs going up from the entrance foyer. People were crawling up and down the stairs, praying, crying and pleading with God. They would often stop on a particular step and weep. As I stood watching I was dismayed that people were almost groveling in the hope of moving God’s heart towards them. We had just returned from a conference where we had enjoyed a touch from the Lord and His presence was so real to me. Now to see these many people moving like ants up and down this staircase disturbed me. I realised that in all likelihood they were desperate and would do anything for God to intervene in their lives. As I stood there I just asked the Lord to touch each one and make a way for them in the situation they were facing. In the story of Moses, the Lord tells him that there is a place close to Him where he can stand. Not a place of groveling or crawling around, but a place where he could stand tall because he knew he belonged to God and that God loved him. Sometimes when we are desperate we can also resort to approaches that are not what God intended for His children.

Hebrews 4:16‘So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.’

Ephesians 3:12‘Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.’

There is place for you, near to the Lord, where you can stand and boldly come into His presence.

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