DADDY, I WANT TO STAY WITH YOU
Danielle woke up in the middle of the night. She wanted to have some beverages. I was working in the library. Right after she had a cup of beverage, she came to me and lay on the floor right beside the table. I said to her, “Go to the room and sleep”. Her answer was, “Daddy, I want to stay with you”.
The greatest desire of a child of God must be to stay with the father. The presence of God is our most valuable asset. It must never be taken for granted.
It is the secret of Joseph.
As a slave in Potiphar’s house:
The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.
As a prisoner in Egypt:
The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.
Genesis 39:23 NKJV
It was the delight of Moses. He would never joke with the presence of the Lord:
And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.
Exodus 33:14-15 NKJV
Samuel would always sleep close to the ark of the covenant. That was a major part of his daily routine. He became a national Prophet, raiser of kings and a blessing to many.
David knew the potency of the presence. He learnt that packaging and pretending that nothing has happened when a man has fallen was simply a waste of time. He saw how essential the presence of God is.
Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Psalms 51:11 NKJV
If there is anything you must desire, it is the presence of God. A believer that lacks the habit of cultivating the presence of the Lord will live a life full of guesswork, missteps and unnecessary toil.
Do not joke with the presence of the Lord!