Leaving the Tent

7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of theLord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent.9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent. 11 TheLord 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 would go see God, the people would worship, and then everyone would go back to their tents and do their own things.

Including Joshua.

Everyone would do what they always did, for Joshua that meant be in the presence of the Lord. Joshua would stay even when his leader, Moses, had left.

In the book of Joshua, we see Joshua leading the people of Israel through battles and into the promised land. Sure, Joshua had to be reminded to be strong and courageous, who doesn’t need to be reminded of that? But imagine the faith Joshua had in what God could do for him and the people of Israel because Joshua didn’t leave the tent.

He didn’t leave the presence of God. He was ready to lead the people because he had been in the presence of God.

When we stay in the presence of God in the preparation, God’s presence will be with us in the proclamation.

Whatever proclamation that may be. Whether it’s sharing Christ with a friend. Discipling a new believer. Keeping Christ in the center of a relationship. Leading guys to new and deeper levels with Christ. Or just hanging out with friends and setting a Christ-like example.

Whatever the situation. When we stay in the presence of God in the preparation, God’s presence will be with us in the proclamation.

We have to be faithful to God in the tent preparing, to be useful to God outside the tent in the proclaiming.

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