Exodus 33:11. 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.
This is a verse that I have read over and over again. I was awed at the relationship between Moses and God. In the whole wide world, there has never been a man like Moses. Even the Bible records so. Moses would talk to God face to face. He is the only human being to ever see God with his human eyes. Well, he saw God’s back. When Moses went to get the Ten Commandments, he stayed for forty days and forty nights at Mt Sinai with God. He did not eat nor drink. Yet he did not faint or grow weary. God’s presence was more than enough. These are just some few instances. There are many more amazing details of this intimate relationship in the Bible.
But today I want us to look at this from a different view. The last part of the verse says that Joshua did not leave the tent. One would easily dismiss this. Of course, Joshua was Moses’ aide, taking care of the tent of the meeting was one of his responsibilities. Being his aide, Joshua saw everything God did through Moses. And definitely, he wanted to experience the same. You cannot witness God’s goodness and remain unchanged. Joshua wanted to know more about this God. To experience Him more. That is why he lingered…in God’s presence.
It is until you have a desire for more of Him that you can actually receive. Joshua wouldn’t have become a great leader if he did not desire to have what Moses had, an intimate relationship with God. Sometimes we tend to just settle for less. The enemy manages to convince us that we don’t deserve more than we already have and we believe him. This is the reason why some of us keep repeating the same class over and over since we are not ready to grow. We want to stay in our comfort zone and still experience God’s greatness. Comfort and growth do not mix. You have to choose one over the other.
It starts with knowing who you are. If you have no idea who you are, or what Christ has made available for you then you wouldn’t do anything to receive. What the enemy fights greatly with is our awareness. He wants you to remain in an ignorant state for as long as possible. The enemy knows that if you, my friend, just knew how much power you have, then there is no way he can destroy you. So he will distract you by all means. I have fallen for this several times. Whenever I go home, I put my relationship with God on hold. I want to read the Bible, I want to pray. But then, Nickelodeon has these beautiful movies. So I choose Henry Danger over God’s word. Thunderman comes next, ‘just one more hour then I will read the bible.’ An hour turns to two, three hours and before I know it, it is evening and I have to get up and prepare supper for my family. The enemy is cunning. He will find out your weakest point and keep hitting you over and over until you give up on yourself. Maybe for you, it is not movies. Maybe it is parties, or an addiction, or games. You keep telling yourself this is the last time you are doing it but you find yourself getting back over and over again.
The enemy knows that if you stay in God’s presence, He will reveal to you just who you were made to be, and just how much potential you have. One thing about God is that the more intimate you get with Him, the better your whole life becomes. He reveals stuff about you, qualities you never knew you had. Skills that can help you get out of that financial mess you are in. We have been made in His image and likeness. Spend time in His presence and you get to know who you are; a son in the kingdom, co-heir with Christ. You are blessed beyond measure. Everything has been made available for you. You just have to desire more. You just have to…linger…in His presence.