And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
This morning, at a womens' meeting at my church, this verse was brought to my attention. We had actually been focusing on the Battle of Jericho but the question arose as to how to Joshua had become a man who walked by faith rather than by sight. That was a very good question. In looking back at Joshua's life, that for Joshua, trusting God to deliver Jericho into his hands was not an isolated incident. He had learned to trust God and stand firm, even when nearly everyone else did not. (Numbers 14:6-10)
Exodus 33:11, reveals to us something interesting about Joshua. He was not only present with Moses in the Tabernacle; he remained in the Tabernacle even after Moses left to go out among the people. He remained or dwelled in God's presence.
If we want to have fellowship with God, we must be in His presence. If we want to see God at work, we must be in His presence. If we want to learn to walk by faith, not by sight, we must be in His presence. If we want to receive God's blessings, if we want His direction, we must be in His presence, not just once in awhile for a few moments but we must settle down and dwell there.
In this world, we find ourselves overwhelmed with busyness as well as distractions that cause us to either rush in to "see God" for a few moments and check it off our "to-do list" or put it on a "wish-list" of things we will get to eventually... maybe. We will only survive and thrive when we dwellin God's presence.
Scripture quotation taken from the King James Bible.
Well said - thanks
Good message. Thanks.