Exodus 33:9-11 –
And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses.
And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door.
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.
The last part of verse 11 stuck with me… “but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle”. Recently I was attending a miracle & healing festival as well as a Holy Spirit baptism session and one thing that struck me was that people were in a hurry to leave. I do not mean in the middle of the session, but right at the end when the service was dismissed and the worship songs were being sung, people were in a hurry to get back home. Joshua though was not in a hurry to leave and get back to his tent, but stayed put to enjoy the Lord’s presence. I have learned over the years that God does speak in a still small voice more than in a loud voice (1 Kings 19) and I have learned the importance of lingering and staying in His presence. Even in this particular healing & miracle festival and Holy Spirit baptism session I stayed back enjoying God’s presence and ended up hearing from the Lord. Now do note that I stayed back to enjoy His presence but do also note that when you stay back in His presence you will also end up hearing and receiving a little bit more especially in terms of revelation knowledge.
Joshua has always fascinated me. Who could even fill the empty shoes left behind by Moses? But Joshua did indeed fill those shoes and was the leader chosen by God to lead His people into the promised land as we read in the book of Joshua. But it was what Joshua did before that made God choose him and I believe spending a lot of time in God’s presence was one key factor.