by Christopher Harbin

I Am With You
Christopher B. Harbin
Exodus 33:11-17

I like maps. I think I have always liked maps. In my office I have a Peter's Projection map of the world. I have an atlas of church history and missions on my bookshelf. I have a leather map of Rio Grande do Sul, where we served as missionaries for seven years. I have often dreamed of table with an inlaid world map on it. We have a copper map of Brazil at home.

Maps remind me of where I've been. They help me understand where I am. They tell me how to get where I want to be. They don't always fulfill their purpose, however, for they don't always match the changing realities of the world in which we live. Sometimes, it is simply much more helpful to have someone who knows the area by our side. People who know the area can point out things we would miss, help us avoid the traffic jams, and lead us where the maps become useless.

Having someone who knows the terrain becomes all the more important when we enter territory that is simply unknown. Maps may provide a sense of security. A local guide provides security, as well. They provide direction, information about our environment, knowledge of streets and byways, and a sense of places we might wish to see or avoid. Perhaps even more than that, we simply want to know where we are going and how we will get there. It is that knowledge that grants us a sense of security about the future. Why is it so difficult to simply trust that God will be with us and take us where we need to be?

Moses was having difficulty with God's directions. God was sending him into unknown territory, and he was none to happy about it. He didn't have a roadmap. He didn't have a local guide. He was not really sure where he was going. He did not have the faintest idea of how he would get there.

It was not the first time Moses had entered new territory, but this time he was being sent into the unknown with a host of followers under his direction and care. He was the one they would blam ...

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