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Stay in the Tent

Exodus 33:11 – “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.”

Moses had a unique relationship with God. As Larry Munson would say, “Get the picture”… Moses would go into the “tent of meeting” to speak with the Lord. A pillar of cloud would descend and stay at the entrance of the tent while Moses and the Lord had a conversation. Now Moses didn’t just play a worship CD, read a Psalm, and pray for a while…the Lord actually spoke with Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp. But Joshua stayed in the tent.

Moses had to shoulder the weight of leading God’s people. He had a responsibility that most of us couldn’t possibly relate to. Not only did Moses have to hear clearly from God, but he had to be God’s mouthpiece as well. Great! But, what in the world does this have to do with me?

Well, I believe that our church is a “tent” that God has provided for us. We get to come and hear God speak first-hand, and then we get to see Godly leaders apply what He says in a public setting…but we just get to stay in the tent. No one is throwing stones at us, and no one is writing newspaper articles about us, and for that I’m thankful!

Despite what you might think, you are NOT ready to be Moses yet, or you’re dream would’ve already happened. Some of you may think the “Moses” in your life is just getting in the way. Remember, you probably wouldn’t even know about the Promised Land if it wasn’t for that leader in your life! Think about it… David had about 15 years of preparation before he became King. Joseph was groomed for about 13 years before his dream came to pass. Jesus, the Son of God, didn’t start his ministry until he was 30 years old. So what makes us think that one good idea, one good performance, or one good compliment qualifies us for promotion?  God probably has called you to lead somebody into the Promised Land at some point, but for now… STAY IN THE TENT!

Q: What tent has God has placed in YOUR life? Are you taking advantage of every opportunity for preparation?

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