God's Presence: Our Shelter of Rest

God's Presence: Our Shelter of Rest


Exodus 33:14 (NIV)

The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Have you ever felt the weight of the world on your shoulders? Have the demands of life and the busyness of each day left you weary and longing for rest? In the midst of the tumultuous journey of life, God offers us a profound promise: His presence as our shelter of rest.

In Exodus 33, we find Moses conversing with God. He’s deeply aware of the need for God’s presence to guide and accompany the Israelites on their journey through the wilderness. Moses knows that without God’s presence, they would be left to wander aimlessly. It’s in this context that God utters the words, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

These words offer us a glimpse of the divine invitation to rest, not merely as physical relaxation but as a deep spiritual reprieve. The promise of God’s presence going with us is a source of true rest. When we are conscious of His presence in our lives, it brings peace to our weary souls.

God doesn’t promise that the journey will always be smooth. There will still be challenges, uncertainties, and trials along the way. However, He assures us that His presence will provide the rest we need amid life’s storms. It’s not a rest of idleness but a rest of assurance, knowing that we’re not alone on this journey.

The Hebrew word used for “rest” in this verse, “menuwach,” conveys the idea of a quiet resting place, a dwelling where one can repose in tranquility. God’s presence is the tranquil refuge where our restless souls can find solace.

 In our modern world filled with noise and chaos, finding rest can be elusive. But as we carry the assurance of God’s presence with us, we can rest in the knowledge that we are not alone, that the Creator of the universe walks with us, offering shelter from the storms.


In your own life, how have you experienced God’s presence guiding you, providing rest, and offering assurance during challenging times? Can you share a specific moment or season when you felt particularly aware of His comforting presence?

The verse speaks of God’s presence going with us. How does the knowledge of God’s abiding presence influence your approach to life’s uncertainties and difficulties? How can you cultivate a deeper sense of God’s presence in your daily journey and find rest in His companionship?