Thursday, February 11

Prescription for intimacy with God

Scripture: Exodus 33-34, Acts 18

Exodus 33:7–11 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 the Lord 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 their tent. 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.

Observation/application

I love this section on Moses and the tent of meeting, and what it says about intimacy with God.

First, Moses created a place to meet with God and called it “the tent of meeting.”  We can meet with God anywhere—He is not bound by space.  But there is also something important and powerful about spaces, sacred spaces.  When I was in college, I found a small room (more like a closet) in my dorm that was the prayer room, and I went there each morning for my quiet time.  As soon as I entered that space, I was aware of God; I was there to meet with God.  It was a tent of meeting.  Create a space to be your tent of meeting.  Make a sacred space and go there to meet God.

Second, God spoke with Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.  Moses had a unique relationship with God, one that everyone else could only watch from a distance and not experience.  I believe that relationship is open to any of us today.  Jesus called His disciples His friends.  That kind of intimacy with God can be mine, and I want it.  It starts with meeting with God.  Show up!  Set aside time to be in His presence and listen.  

Third, I love that Joshua wanted what Moses had so much that when Moses left the tent of meeting, Joshua lingered.  He didn’t leave the tent; he stayed behind.  I’m assuming he did this thinking, “I want some of this!  I want God to speak to me too.”  I want that same hunger for God—a hunger so strong that I’d linger, waiting for the Lord.  Linger in God’s presence.  Wait on the Lord.

Space, time, desire—a prescription for intimacy with God.

Prayer: Lord, here I am again this morning, ready to meet You, hear from You.  Speak to me.  Meet me.  Touch me.  Change me.  I want to know You.  I’m waiting…