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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87 thoughts on "God Gives Us Peace and Rest"

  1. Gretchen Odonnell says:

    This is such a good study! My word of the year is “presence” but I had kind of forgotten that. I needed this reminder – not of the word so much but of the facts.

  2. Veronica Wilhite says:

    We just moved 1,000 miles from home and had to leave our college age daughter behind, and I had a mild panic attack last night. God’s timing is just everything.

  3. Jackie says:

    We have to be careful promoting the pill-popping mentality, because sometimes like to put God in a box. Since the majority of us don’t get to see the creative miracles of God, we think that God plus this or God plus that is needed for someone to be healed. That what Jesus did on the cross was somehow not enough. Yes, medicine and physicians are a blessing, but we unintentionally add to the Bible because of our own experiences. “There’s a way that seems right to a man…” We think there are things that are too hard for God to heal Himself. Which is simply not the case.

    1. Mackenzie Brown says:

      But at the same time we have to be careful promoting the idea that it’s wrong or shameful to need something extra like pills or therapy. It’s difficult to understand if you don’t literally have a chemical imbalance in your brain preventing you from functioning normal in society. Yes God can heal, but he has also provided us with people…his creation smart enough to help as well and we should utilize this too

  4. Katy Shanahan says:

    I hope the author gets treatment and meds for her anxiety. God is with her but he also uses these means to help as well. Hers is too severe to not get help.

  5. Cindi Bennett says:

    ❤️ needed this today.

  6. Elizabeth Gibson says:

    I was so blessed by the scriptures shared today! I’ve been singing Numbers 6:22-24 and I’m on a glorious high! God is GOOD!

  7. Brenna Gomez says:

    Love the verses in psalms. I say them in rhythm with my breathing to help relax

  8. Carol Main says:

    Love this

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