God Is With Us: Exodus 3 12


Exodus 3 12

“[God] said, ‘Certainly I will be with you.’”
Exodus 3:12

Have you ever watched the latest news cast and wondered, “Where is God in all this?” Have you ever sat under the stars, feeling smaller than the smallest ant, and thought, “Is God out there somewhere?” Have you ever asked: “Does God see me?” “Does God hear me?” “Does God care about me?”

Yes. God cares about each of us. God sees us better than Santa Claus and hears us better than the wolf in Grandma’s clothes. In fact, as Moses discovered from the burning bush, God is always with us. Even so, we often do not see God in the midst of our lives. Sometimes we see the evidence of God’s care much later. Sometimes we struggle to see that evidence and never find it, but it is there.

As much as we might like for God to announce his presence from a burning bush, or even from a candle flame, God often chooses not to for reasons we may not understand. Yet God promises to be with us. In fact, he says just that to Moses in Exodus 3:12: “[God] said, “Certainly I will be with you.’”

There have been a multitude of writers, poets, artists, photographers, philosophers and regular Joe’s who have tried to capture God’s answer to Moses in a variety of forms. Perhaps one of the most famous attempts at depicting God with us is Mary Stevenson Zangare’s poem “Footprints in the Sand” in which she tells of dreaming about a walk on the beach. When she looked back at the footprints she noticed sometimes there were two sets and sometimes one. When she asked about the reasoning behind the single sets, sets through some of the worst times of her life, she is answered that those were times when God carried her. The poem is a beautiful reminder of God’s promise to be with us at all times.

As you read Exodus 3:1-4:22, try to remember a time in your life in which God called you to do something new and, perhaps, frightening. Then, download the Questions and Reflections and take some time to work through them before engaging in the Meditation Activities below.


Meditation Activites


Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take ten to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of Exodus 3:1-4:17, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.

  1. In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you regarding the picture and its relationship to God being with you.
  2. Using play dough, clay or some other medium create a 3-D sculpture that captures your overall feelings and thoughts of the picture and its relationship to God being with you.
  3. Tell a friend, or God, about your thoughts and feelings concerning the picture and its relationship to God being with you.
  4. Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding the picture and its relationship to God being with you.


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2 Responses to “God Is With Us: Exodus 3 12”

  1. The scriptures that I hold near and dear, and that have been fulfilled within me, are these, paraphrased from my knowledge of the King James version of the Bible: I don’t have time to look them up word for word, but trust that if you don’t outright refuse my words, you might look them up yourself.

    “When they say’ lo here or lo there’ believe it not, for the Kingdom of God is within you.”

    We need look no further than within. That still small voice. The building of the temple, without the sound of a hammer … within. Sometimes the tearing down and rebuilding hurts.

    As a child I always wondered how God could possibly know such a minute thing as “every time a sparrow falls.” However, once understanding came, it was a slap to the forehead with the simplicity of the answer. God is in all of his creation, even the molecular structure, and therefore is omnipresent in all things. Including us.

    God is God. God is the creator, and we are the created. God does not have any failures. The mystery lies in “But how can this be? There are monsters functioning in this world?”

    This life is not all there is. The early translators of the “new” Christian religion, tried to remove all spiritual reverences to pre-existence, but being ignorant of the allegories, symbols and metaphors cloistered beneath the literal word, a few escaped them, so they left some references within the accepted King James Version.

    The most notable one: Romans Chapter 12: After they fell in the wilderness, God said if they abide not still in unbelief I will graft them in again.”

    Another: The disciples of the man Jesus asked, after the blind man was made to see (spiritually true of all of us) “Whose sin was it? The parents or the boy who sinned before he was born?”

    And again, the disciples asked, “Why say they that Esaias must first come?’ and Jesus said, “He has already come. He is John the Baptist.”

    Have fun with this. If you cannot receive it, please don’t fuss. God only allows us to see and accept that for which we are ready. Have a wonderful day. The curious can contact me at mspicher@hotmail.com. Hugs.

    Waving at you Virginia.

    • vripple says:

      Well said. There’s much to ponder about God and our relationship with the Creator. Thanks for adding to the conversation. 🙂

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