Dwelling Versus Visiting

Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu visited. Moses and Joshua dwelt. I love this passage in Exodus 33. I want to be like Joshua. Verse 7 says, “Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the Lord went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp.”

Verse 8 could very well describe someone who goes to church, but does not spend time daily in God’s word, and drinking in His Presence. It says, “…whenever Moses went out to the tabernacle, that all the people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle.”

They were invited but they only watched. Verse 9 is glorious. It says, “…the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.” Verse 10 says that the people worshiped at their tent door. 

Verse 11 is often a picture in my heart. It says, “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp but his servant Joshua…a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.”

I believe that Joshua received his training as the next leader of the children of Israel from his quiet time before the Lord. He dwelt in His Presence. Our intimate communion with the Lord shapes our lives. He imparts His wisdom for our next step. Let nothing vie for your time with Him.

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