Today’s Reading: Exodus 30-38
The Tent of Meeting
I am almost certain that I write about this passage every year as I come to it. It is so rich with truth for us that we must be reminded regularly of the lessons learned from Moses’ Tent of Meeting.
Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, a good distance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting… – Exodus 33:7a (NASB)
Thus the Lord used to speak with Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent. – Exodus 33:11 (NASB)
What an incredible reality that the God of all Creation can and will speak to us and we can meet with Him and speak to Him as a man speaks with his friend. This meeting was very limited in the Old Testament. However, through Jesus Christ, all have access to God through faith.
How often we neglect so great a privilege. In light of this reality, when we stop and consider the things we allow to keep us from meeting with God on a regular basis, we should be ashamed. However, when we come to our senses and return to meet with Him, His grace means we will not face condemnation from Him. His love for us never fails. He is always waiting for us to come to our senses and answer His call to us to meet with Him. May we never get over the reality that we can meet and fellowship intimately with the Sovereign God of the Universe.
Ponder this truth and examine where you are in your commitment to Him. Where you see deficiency, repent and find the grace given through Jesus Christ that strengthens you to return to a place of close fellowship with your Heavenly Father.
Moses’ Pattern for Prayer
Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight… – Exodus 33:13 (NASB)
The (Moses) said to (God), “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. – Exodus 33:15 (NASB)
What a model for prayer we see with Moses as he meets with God. The cry of his prayer is two-fold:
- Let me know You.
- Lead me by Your presence.
This should be a pattern and part of our prayer life on a daily basis. To know God is our heart’s cry. To be led by Him results in a life well lived for His Kingdom purposes. It is in knowing Him that we find the strength to walk the path He sets before us. The beauty is that the Christian life is not powered only by a distant encounter with God from our past, but by the moment-by-moment reality of His presence and power at work in and through us by His Spirit. This reality exists because of the Gospel. It is because of what Jesus has done and the grace that is given through faith in Him that we know our great God and walk with Him.
May this truth fill our hearts, and stir us to enjoy the intimate fellowship with Him that Jesus came to provide.
Rest in Jesus,