Day thirty-three: Exodus 33

“I don’t want to leave here! This has just been so incredible” – that’s normally what I catch myself saying at the end of Autumn Soul or Castlewellan or any sort of Christian residential/week away. I’ll have just spent a weekend worshipping God, hearing Him speak, and having the best time of my life. Maybe you can think of your equivalent!

That’s what came to mind when I read verse 11:

“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent”

Moses pitched this tent and it basically was a place to meet with God. Now, there’s already something so incredible about the relationship Moses has with God, the speak to Him as a friend, but look at the last sentence again. You may recognise the name Joshua from being a book in the Bible and him being a character we sometimes look at. That last sentence is something you could easily skim over, but I think there’s something really special in it…

Joshua did not leave the tent. Even when Moses did, Joshua has such a desire to invest time with God that he stayed a little longer. He carved out time to make sure he could really be present in that tent. No part of Him wanted to ditch his time with God or just get it out of the way. He had a heart truly in love with God.

What is your tent of meeting? Is it the armchair by the window in your living room? Is it your kitchen table when it’s empty in the mornings? Is it the beanbag in your bedroom? Is it a route that you walk outside? Where do you spend time with God?

Here’s a harder question… Do you tend to want to leave that place? Get that time over and out of the way, like a checklist for the day? Or do you not want to leave God’s presence and spend time with Him? We are so blessed to get to spend time with God in countless ways and countless places, but I know I’ve caught myself so often putting it down to a checklist item for the day to just get it over with.

The challenge from this verse is to really value meeting with God. To find your own “tent of meeting” and treasure that time .

Come and see what God has done.

Question for today:  Where is your tent of meeting and do you really value that time?