In Exodus 33 God told Moses that He didn’t dare go with the people any more into the promised land, because He would just be tempted to kill them all. (This was right after the golden calf incident) I was struck with Moses response:

Ex 33:15-16
Then Moses said, “If you don’t go with us personally, don’t let us move a step from this place. If you don’t go with us, how will anyone ever know that your people and I have found favor with you? How else will they know we are special and distinct from all other people on the earth?” NLT

Today we are offered an even more intimate relationship with God through the Messiah Jesus Christ – that we can even be adopted by God; (Gal 4.) Yet how many of us, given the offer of all of God’s promises but without His presence, have been content to go forward without Him? Not Moses. The reason God even lived in a tent back then was because He was on the move. Moses wouldn’t go without His presence, even if He could show everyone else the blessings of God…and they would all have been impressed – No, it is not His blessings but His presence that proves our relationship with the Father – As Jesus said in John 17:3,

“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”