“God said, “My presence will go with you. I’ll see the journey to the end.” Exodus 33:14
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God….Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
One of the requirements for finishing my Graduate degree was completing an internship. Luckily I was able to get a great summer position with a new Sports Television station called SNY. The channel covered all the NY Mets games. Even though I am a die-hard Yankee fan, I was excited about the new opportunity. At the time, I was 21 years old, and getting to go to multiple baseball games every week was an amazing experience. The greatest moment of the internship came at Yankee Stadium during a subway series during inter-league play. Interns didn’t go to away games, but since this game was in the same city, I was able to attend.
My boss previously worked for the Yankees, and her father was a former player/coach. She had been in the industry for awhile, and it appeared that her being at the Stadium was a homecoming. She and I were going to meet by the back entrance of Yankee Stadium, where all the players arrived. When I first got to the stadium, the securities guards would not let me in. I told them who I was and that I worked for the network; however they insisted that I couldn’t go in. I was really upset and blown away by how rude they were.
When my boss finally arrived she greeted the security guards, handed me my credential, and I was finally able to get inside. At that exact moment, in walks Yankee Legends Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriquez. Seeing them up-close had me a little star struck. They seemed larger than life, and there was no denying their presence at the ballpark. Without saying a word, they were able to command everyone’s attention. They quickly say hello to my boss, and give her a hug. Since I was with her, they shake my hand and say hello. Introducing themselves as if I didn’t know who they were… For the next few minutes, I walked alongside them as they entered the very famous Yankees Locker room. While the three of them caught up and discussed life, I would tag behind and take in the experience. Being escorted to the front door of the Yankee Locker room where Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle played was surreal. No security guard questioned where I was going or what I was doing. I was being greeted as if I was a ball player myself. Everyone smiled and welcomed me because of who I was with. Being in their presence gave me access to their fame, and favor for a brief moment in time.
Similar to my experience on that summer day, Gods presence gives us access to his favor. When he is with us supernatural doors open, and the impossible situations suddenly become possible. In Exodus, Moses is having a nervous breakdown. He is tasked with leading over a million people in the Desert. Moses cries out to the Lord on what to do, and God simply says, “my presence will go before you” and lead you in your journey. Wow… That simple. God says I will lead you, and all we need to do is just follow. Doors will open, not because of how hard you work, but because of his presence in our lives.
The security guards at Yankee Stadium didn’t ask for my Masters Degree or silly plastic credential. The only thing they observed was the fact that I was in the presence of those who had authority and favor. The same security guards who were denying me access, were now going out of their way to open doors for me.
The scriptures say that Jesus has all authority on heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18). As Christians, we believe that he conquered the grave and that his death and resurrection gives us access to the throne room of God. How amazing is that! We need to come to Jesus with that same assurance and confidence. Not based on anything we have accomplished, but because of what Jesus did for us on the cross.
Have you lost all your confidence today? Don’t allow a few closed doors to make you forget the dream’s God placed in your heart. The Bible promises that “we may receive mercy and find grace (favor) to help us in our time of need.” I encourage you to read his word, pray and listen to some worship music on a daily basis. Getting in his presence will open doors you never thought possible. If a few baseball players can command the attention of a crowd; how much more can the Creator of Heaven and Earth do? Get your focus off your past failures and start lifting your eyes to heaven. Today is a new day!