"Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting.“ Exodus 33:11 (NLT)
In Exodus 32 Moses receives the 10 commandments from the Lord. As he is coming down from the mountain, Moses hears a noise! Could it be that the people were praising God? No!
God’s people had coerced Moses' brother, Aaron, to melt down gold rings and make an idol to worship. They were supposed to be worshipping God, but instead they were worshipping a false God.
This set Moses off and he destroyed the commandments that God had given Him. Moses had to get away. He and his servant Joshua went into the tent of meeting. While in the tent God spoke to Moses face to face and helped him refocus for his journey.
This tent represented the place where God’s presence rested. This was Moses' get away place. Have you ever felt like you needed to get away? It’s just something about leaving the environment you’re in to find a place of peace and tranquility.
When facing our problems we will often respond in frustration like Moses. However, Moses shows us that we must treat the presence of Lord as our get away place. We must draw close to the Lord and stay there until we receive clarity, purpose, and direction.
As we enter into God’s presence, He will refocus our attention away from our problems and on to Him. In His presence we are invited to surrender whatever is holding us down and to receive God’s mercy and grace.
David declares in Psalm 16:11 that the Lord will show you the way of life in His presence and you will experience the fullness of His joy. God does not want to just solve our problems, but He wants us to experience His fullness.
What is it that you’re facing today? It’s time to go into God’s tent and stay there until you receive the clarity and peace that can only come from Him.
Run Into God's Presence!
CO-PASTOR DR. ELMER HESS, JR.