The Tent of Meeting
By Timothy Kruzan
June 23, 2013
How can a believer fan the flames of spiritual renewal while resisting the influences of this secular age? The answer is found in Exodus 33:11 — “Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (NLT).
Moses knew what we need to understand: In order to make it spiritually in this life, to draw close to God, to lead well, and to live a holy and empowered life before men, we must establish our own “Tent of Meeting.”
The “Tent of Meeting” is the place of divine encounter.
“[Moses] went into the tent” (33:9). Moses initiated contact with God. It was the place of personal encounter with God.
Do you have a place of divine encounter set aside in your life? For each individual, the place will be different. Some will prefer being outside near nature, while others might prefer a certain spot in their home or office. The key is to create a place where you can meet with God free from all distraction.
The “Tent of Meeting” is the place of conversation with God.
“The Lord spoke with Moses” (33:9). The “Tent of Meeting” becomes the place of conversation between God and the believer. There, you listen to Him, hear His voice, gain His wisdom, and follow His instruction, as well as unload all your cares, concerns and troubles. It is the place where answers and direction come, but also the place where you and God can just talk.
The “Tent of Meeting” is where relationship takes place.
“Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (33:11).
This wasn’t just the place Moses received help. This was where a friendship with God begins, grows and thrives.
The “Tent of Meeting” is where intimacy with God is developed.
The “Tent of Meeting” is the place where friendship with God is experienced, but intimacy with God is developed. It was in this tent that Moses made this request of God and received His answer:
“Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (Exodus 33:13,14, KJV).
Moses said, “That I may know thee.” He asked God to take him into a deeper place, to allow Moses to go beyond all limits and experience a deeper, more intimate relationship with God — and God honors this request.
It shows us the desire of God is to move His children into deeper relationship. Those who are in covenant relationship with God, those who have become His children, have the privilege of intimacy with Him, and it will be found in our “Tent of Meeting.”
The “Tent of Meeting” is the place where revelation occurs.
People often wonder how some Christians manage to hear more clearly from God than others. How is it one has a revelation of who God is and what He wants to do? How is it God speaks to some, giving them direction, but others have not yet experienced such?
The answer is found in the “Tent of Meeting.” “And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory” (Exodus 33:18). Moses had a strong desire to know God more deeply. God honored this desire and request.
For some Christians it comes more easily to find new direction from God, an increase in confidence, and increase in knowing the will and mind of God, when they leave their prayer closets. They have discovered their “Tent of Meeting” as the place where the voice of God is recognized, the way of the Spirit is discerned, and direction for life is disclosed.
The “Tent of Meeting” is where obedience takes place.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount” (Exodus 34:1,2).
Moses was obedient to this heavenly directive. It’s much easier to submit to God’s direction when our hearts have been softened by being in His presence.
The “Tent of Meeting” is where depth in God is attained.
Increase of depth in God is rooted through intimacy with God, and of course, the study of His Word. The apostle Paul said, “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness” (Colossians 2:7, NLT).
Those who spend time in their “Tent of Meeting” will discover their lives are firmly planted, deeply rooted, and sure-footed on the strong foundation who is Jesus Christ.
The “Tent of Meeting” is the place where all other voices fade away.
The camp of Israel had to be a noisy place. The multitude of people and herds of animals would guarantee a din of background noise. Yet, as we peek in on this conversation between God and Moses, no other voices are heard, and it tells us something significant: In the “Tent of Meeting” all other voices fade away.
The one voice we need to hear above all others is the voice of God; and the more time spent with God in our “Tent of Meeting,” the more easily His voice can be heard in the streets of the city. The direction needed for life, the leading of the Holy Spirit, and the ability to recognize God’s voice at the most crucial times comes by spending time alone with God in the “Tent of Meeting.”
Moses did what we need to do. He established a place in his life where he could get away from all distraction, meet with God, talk with Him, hear from Him, love on Him, and be loved BY Him. These encounters strengthened Moses’ walk, emboldened his spiritual backbone, deepened his relationship with God, and gave him the ability to stand strong in the midst of a failing generation. If all of that occurred for Moses, how much more should we erect our own “Tent of Meeting”?
TIMOTHY KRUZAN is lead pastor at Jacksonville (Ill.) Assembly of God.
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