Day 4

God Gives Us Peace and Rest

from the The Presence of God reading plan

Exodus 33:12-17, Numbers 6:22-27, Psalm 16:11, Psalm 23:1-6, Romans 15:13, 2 Thessalonians 3:16

BY Bailey T. Hurley

When we remember God’s presence goes with us and before us, we can find comfort in any circumstance.

When we walk through the desert seasons of our lives, anxious and uncertain if we will ever make it to a safe place of rest, will we believe God’s presence goes with us? And will His presence be enough to rescue us from our fears?

It was 2018 and my husband was out of town when I had my first anxiety attack. I had no idea what was happening to me—why my heart was racing, why I was so faint, why I could not gain composure over my breathing. Feeling totally alone and out of control, I called 911 at 2am. I was hoping the paramedics would come and save me from what felt like a heart attack, only to be given a “sorry” glance as the paramedics packed up and confirmed it was anxiety.

Months went by and I couldn’t sleep, drive my car, or be away from my two-year-old without having severe anxiety over a possible future anxiety attack. I was emotionally, physically, and spiritually exhausted; I questioned why God allowed this to happen and wondered when He was going to come and deliver me from this ongoing fear and give me His peace instead.

In Exodus 33, God’s people were in the desert wondering when God was going to deliver them from their circumstances. With the people anxious for answers, Moses pleaded with God to reveal the next step and to promise to go with them as they journeyed to the promised land. Moses knew he was not going to be successful if God’s presence was not with them. He wanted assurance from God that He would be with them despite the future hardships they were sure to encounter.

And God answered, “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14). God didn’t promise a specific day upon which they would finally rest in their future home. He didn’t promise that nothing unpleasant would happen on their journey. Instead, He promised His presence, which is more than enough to give God’s people comfort through any challenging unknowns—a promise we still have today.

I may not know what will trigger a future anxiety attack, but God’s presence goes with me and before me. “I fear no danger, for [He is] with me” and His guiding rod and staff comfort me along the way (Psalm 23:4)—this is a prayer I can pray with confidence knowing God is near.

As you wrestle with setbacks, fears, difficult circumstances, unexpected bad news, and seemingly unanswered prayers, may you find comfort in God’s presence. His presence will strengthen you to continue to hope and wait on His rest and His peace. “May the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you” (2Thessalonians 3:16).

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70 thoughts on "God Gives Us Peace and Rest"

  1. Linnea Rawlins says:

    Seems I must be intentional about knowing and staying in His presence to find comfort in every situation. That will take a lifetime of practice but so worth the journey!

  2. Wanda Gay says:

    Definitely remembering that God works all things out for the good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose, helps me to refocus and not be anxious and actually have His peace.

  3. Michelle Purkey says:

    Last night I comforted a close friend as she struggled through a panic attack. Reading this this morning….it has God’s fingerprints all over it. His presence is all we need. Christ be all around me.

  4. Beth Starkey says:

    Amen. Needed these reminders today.

    And the God of peace will soon crush Satan underneath His feet.
    He is coming again! We do not know when, but we will see our Lord someday!

  5. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord let us rest in your prescence use to have attacks and then the enemy would. Attack me as if it was my fault but god my strong tower i rested in him and he healed me from anxiety and all things! Thank you Jesus!

  6. Annette Hyslop says:

    Needed this today. Going through menopause and today literally was in tears because I just can’t take it anymore. Knowing God goes before me I need to just wait on him and rest in that hope as much as I can

  7. Jacie Shakotko says:

    SO encouraging in this time where I’m aching for feeling of the presence of God. God is ALWAYS present with us despite what a feeling may tell us

  8. Angela Pittman says:

    Thank you for this bold, and yet vulnerable word. I’ve heard so often that, if we believe Jesus really is who He says He is, there would no longer be anxiety or depression. That is not Biblical. I am thankful for writers like yourself that give glory to God in the midst of such challenges.

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