“Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp…he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the LORD would go [there]. Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch… the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the LORD would speak with Moses. And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When “Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent” (Exodus 33:7-11 ESV).
The invitation was to EVERYONE who wanted to meet with the Lord. The tent of meeting was pitched outside the camp for the express purpose of seeking God’s face. Moses met with Yahweh on a regular basis and enjoyed His presence—a presence so tangible that there was a visible pillar of cloud that descended on the tent. But the Israelites stood at the door of their tents and watched. They could see that cloud of God’s presence descend—they were obviously overwhelmed at the experience Moses was having because the sight caused them to worship. But, they stayed put on their own front porch. They saw that God was right over there—His presence so thick it was cloud-like. But they stayed put.
They were all invited, but they stayed put. Joshua was the only exception. He was hot on Moses’ heels when en route to the Tent, and lingered after Moses left. What made the others stay where they were? Did they doubt the tent was really for them? Did the knowledge of their recent sins keep them planted at a respectable distance? Was the cloud just out of their comfort zone? Don’t let anything keep you from experiencing Him first hand. Be a Moses or a Joshua—a worshiper who responds to the invitation and moves in to a deeper place.
Lord, forgive me for ignoring Your invitation to go deeper—for coming only as far as I am comfortable. Move me to a greater level of intimacy with You.
Praise God, the giver of all good gifts (Mt. 7:11). Thank him for the greatest gift of all: his Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior (Lk. 22:19). Confess any lack of thankfulness for all of God’s gifts to you. Commit yourself to giving your time, talents, and resources for the gospel. Ask God to grant you a heart of generosity (Lk. 6:38).
Pray by name for one unsaved friend or loved one. Ask God to open this person’s heart to receive the indescribable gift of salvation through faith alone (2 Cor. 9:15; Eph. 2:8-9).
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