Do People Stand on Their Tiptoes to See You Meet with God?

I’m just gonna come right out and say it: I’ve been slacking in my quiet time with God. I’ve not sat and just been in His presence in quite awhile. Lately, my time with Him has been tossing out a quick prayer and a passing hello.

It’s not that I haven’t been bothered by this fact. I’ve just been in some bad habits. And sometimes it takes a punch in the stomach to make those habits noticeable.

Yesterday, I received my punch in the stomach.

As I sat there rubbing my wounds listening to the Word spoken before me, I couldn’t get over some of the imagery that was being pointed out to me.

It came from Exodus 33, specifically verses 7-11.
Too often, I read the bible and only grab the big picture; the details elude me. So much of the good stuff is in those details and so I hate that I do that. Thankfully, I have good teachers who direct me towards them.

7 Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the LORD went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp. 8 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. 9 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. 11 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.

(emphasis mine)

God never includes anything in scripture without a reason. So why mention the fact that people would stop and watch Moses go to the Tent of Meeting?

Remember – there were millions of people in the desert with Moses. It wasn’t a small town, where everyone knew Moses intimately, and it wasn’t as though they were all like-minded. They had just built the golden calf for pete’s sake.

So when Moses went to the Tent of Meeting, they were curious. And word probably spread from tent to tent (“There goes Moses; What’s he doing?”) They didn’t have face-to-face meetings with God. God hadn’t come to visit them in the burning bush. They wanted to see what happened when someone met with God. They stood on their tiptoes to see the pillar of cloud descend upon the Tent.

We no longer have to set up a Tent of Meeting to meet with God. Our body is that Tent. The Holy Spirit dwells within those who have accepted Him. That cloud has descended upon us.

Now, let’s take the above scripture and apply it to our lives and our churches: Do people come out onto their porches to see us meet with God? Do they gather and wonder what it is that we are doing and do they desire that for themselves? Do they see the passion that we have for the Lord?

I’d love to see y’all discuss this in the comments.

(Next, I’ll be discussing Exodus 33:1-3 and Moses’ response when God told him that He would not go to the Promised Land.)

Comments

  1. Thank you for the kick in the back side…I needed that!

  2. I’ve never really noticed that part of the Scripture before. I’ve read it many times, but never thought about it. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention!

  3. ~michelle pendergrass says:

    Karla–this is one of the best posts I’ve read all week. Nothing to discuss because you hit the nail on the head.

  4. ~michelle pendergrass says:

    I realize this is Monday–I wasn’t trying to be funny! LOL I meant in a week’s time, like since last Monday!

    Open mouth insert foot! LOL

  5. I'm currently reading the Bible cover-to-cover for the 2nd time and I happen to be in Exodus right now so this post certainly is timely!

    I totally get why people would "Moses watch" when he headed to the tabernacle and you can believe that I would have done the very same thing if I were there back then! It's similar to the reason why whenever some big thing (whether bad or good) is happening in the world that so many are glued to cable news networks for hours to immerse themselves in the coverage…we're sort of wired to not look away! Which is why I might have been in major trouble (like Lot's wife) if I was part of Lot's crew escaping from Sodom & Gomorrah —> Trainwreck time – must.not.look.away (unless God commands you to look away, of course)!

    But specifically concerning Moses & his tabernacle trips, you couldn't pay me to not watch. You tell me that the pillar of cloud we see is a sign of the Lord's presence and I'm tuned in from start to finish whenever it appears! Dude, it's God up close & personal and He's among us, so you know that something amazing is going on and/or we're about to witness some unbelieveable event, right?!

    I know we don't need to see a pillar of cloud
    to know that the Lord is with us, but if He still did that, it would soooo stop traffic :)

  6. Aside from the spiritual aspects of God’s presence in the wilderness, most of God’s works come through nature – his creation. For an exciting explanation of the Shekinah Glory – the burning bush, cloud over the Tabernacle in the wilderness – check out

    http://www.eloquentbooks.com/ManAndHisPlanet.html and

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/096517171X

  7. Wow, I have never thought of it like that. Sometimes it takes others to point out things to us! Thank you!

  8. Musings of a Housewife says:

    Oh yikes. When you put it that way…

    Thanks for the kick in the pants. :-)

  9. Joye @ The Joyeful Journey says:

    This is such a wonderful post! We reflect the glory of God and we can’t reflect it unless we’re looking at it often (spending time in his presence and soaking up His glory!) Thank you!

  10. WOW! Well, I’m sure hoping they see some Jesus in me. I hope I’m influencing them in some way.
    I hope many things….but, I have no idea really.
    This makes me wanna step it up a notch and be the passionate woman of God that I’m truly dying to be!

  11. Charlene says:

    On a related note–Moses had to wear a veil over his face for a time when he spoke to Isreal–his face shone because of his time with God and they couldn’t bear to look at it. So on the one hand they stood to see him enter the presence of the Lord, and yet they kept their distance from the after effects.

    I think we are often fascinated by the work of God in other people’s lives, and yet we don’t want to pay the price, in terms of time and dying to self, to achieve the same result in ourselves.

    One of those things that makes you go “hmmm…”

  12. Well, actually, I think the current climate of Christian women is the opposite. I think we have told ourselves and each other that if we are not productive ~ constantly “doing” something, then we are not pulling our weight ~ for ourselves, our family, and our community.
    Which is just what Satan wants, not God….”SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD.”

    There are been seasons (albeit short) in my life where I have had the opportunity to spend HOURS a day having a Quiet Time with the Lord….and it feels weird, almost makes you feel guilty because you’re not “doing.” Which is sad because,….

    God wants us to be “be-ers” too….”BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” ~ not just “do-ers” which, in reality, our culture has made into the golden calf.

    JMHO.

    Blessings and love,

    Becky

  13. Clarification ~ when reading my comment, it sounds like I am disagreeing with the last commenter’s comment. And I am not ~ I actually did not read it until later.

    Actually, what Charlene said is extremely profound, and I agree with her 100%….loved the last paragraph.

    What I meant was in reply to Karla’s questions…I think we have taken pride in the “doing” and not the “being”….almost to the point of embarrassment when we do spend a lot of time seeking the Lord because we think we’re not accomplishing anything ~ when we’re really accomplishing lots….seek first the Kingdom of God, and all these things will be added to you.

    THX,

    B.

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