When Watching Isn’t Enough


Exodus 33:8-11 So it was, whenever Moses went out to the tabernacle, that all the people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle.  And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. 10 All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door.  So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.

All the people stayed at their homes and watched from the openings of their tents but never went to participate in the presence of God. But watching wasn’t enough for Joshua. After Moses went back home, Joshua would remain behind where Moses and God had just met. In this passage, I see a man so hungry for the kind of relationship Moses had with God, that he stayed.

Can you almost see Joshua on his face, soaking in the residue, hoping, praying for more. Like the song we sing in worship, “Show me Your face, I want to see You, I want to see Your glory. I want to live in the secret place. Show me Your Face. I’m not satisfied with where I’ve been, though I’ve cried out before, still I want more. I want to see Your power, this very hour, do it in me.”

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” It doesn’t say one thing about seeking the things you need, it says to seek God. God rewards that kind of hunger! Joshua went on to lead the people into the promised land. He wasn’t seeking a title or a position, he was merely Moses’ servant who watched and learned. If you want that kind of ministry, have that kind of hunger.

Oh Father, I find myself getting too busy and not spending the kind of time with You I desire. Forgive me. There’s no place I’d rather be than here with You, waiting, anticipating, feeling Your Spirit rush in and consume all the cares and worries I’ve unknowingly carried for far too long. You’re all my heart longs for. It’s You who brings me lasting satisfaction. I will never find it in any other person, place or thing. Nothing can take the place of You in my heart and life.

So this morning, I worship You. I bring to You the only thing You’ve ever wanted, my praise. All glory is Yours. There is nothing that I have of any value, but you don’t ask for money or riches. You own it all, yet You delight in my worship. The smallest praise uttered from my lips causes You to turn Your head and listen. Wrap me in the blanket of Your glory. Cover me up with Your warm embrace, for my heart will indeed be broken without Your presence today. I’m so thankful that Jesus rebuilt the road to You so that I can freely talk with You. I must go now, but I will take You will me.




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