“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.”
– Exodus 33:7
Where do you go to meet with the Lord? As we discussed yesterday, Kierkegaard established that the gift of relationship with Jesus is the only true solution to mankind’s problem of mortality. It follows, then, that being with Him and knowing Him is the answer to the meaninglessness that can haunt us as humans. This is why it’s imperative that we have a place where we go to find His presence.
Moses and the Israelites had the Tent of Meeting — a special place outside the camp where they would go specifically to encounter God. In fact, this is where Moses would sit for hours and talk to the Lord as a friend. On the contrary, David seemed to have a knack for enjoying the presence of Jesus wherever he was. He called out His Name at night on his bed, found Him in the caves as he fled from Saul, and met with Him formally in the courts of the tabernacle. No matter where, the man after God’s own heart knew how to find His Savior. Then there was Jesus Himself. Burdened by the intensity of His ministry and the constant needs of the sheep He came to shepherd, the Lord often slipped away to find solace in the presence of His Father. Interestingly, it seems that Christ preferred to be outdoors while having these times of communion, often retreating to mountaintops and gardens to have conversations in prayer. No matter where or how they did it, these Biblical figures made one thing clear — that being in God’s presence is crucial to our lives as people!
Friend, you are made to meet with Jesus! Whether it’s in a prayer closet, in your car, in the shower, or on a favorite bench at the park, spending time in the presence of the Lord sets you free from the worries and cares of daily life. He doesn’t take all your troubles away, but when you look to Him, He fills your soul with the grace, wisdom, and peace you need to deal with them. When you encounter your Heavenly Father on a regular basis and keep your eyes fixed on His sufficiency, you become more relaxed and less fearful. As you meet with the Lord in your own tent, wherever it is, you emerge full of His Spirit, glowing with His radiance, and ready to take His love and power to the world. Isn’t that an awesome thought?
Jesus, thank you for your willingness to meet with me as a friend. Stir a deep desire in my heart to spend time in your presence.
Where is your tent? Where do you go to meet with Jesus? When is the last time you were there?