When struggles remain and life does not change overnight, it is easy for confusion and helplessness to settle in. They lead you to think that the struggles are unique, that no one understands, and that you are all alone.
Trying harder only seems to aggravate the problem. You try your best to figure it out, but you still don’t come up with any answers. When you are in this place of neediness and discouragement, you want answers and strategies, but God gives us something better.
God’s provision simply can’t be reduced to answers and strategies because His provision is tied to His presence.
God knows that our need is much bigger and deeper than what we think will satisfy it. So God not only gives us wisdom, He gives us Himself. He is our wisdom. He is our strength. He is our forgiveness. He is our Father.
As Moses said, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” (Exodus 33:15) Moses knew that if God is not near, all the strategies and techniques won’t help when facing overwhelming odds!