Read Exodus 33:1 – 17
“And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Moses returned to the camp, but his minister Joshua, son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the [temporary prayer] tent.”
Again, another passage pumped full of truth that teaches me how to lead.
First, when I read that God spoke to Moses face to face, the same as a friend, I cry, “Oh, me too!!!” When I have found myself in the presence of the Lord – so real that I could almost touch it – there was such peace and warmth and wholeness and love. At these times, I just never want to leave!
Wouldn’t you love to speak to the Lord face to face, as with a friend? We actually can, in a way – at least, we can be in His presence. I just want to be His friend and have those kind of interactions that I see Moses having with Him – conversations!
As soon as I say those words, the very next thought that pops into my head is about the discipline required to be available for that kind of friendship. How is your walk with the Lord? Moses spent a lot of time with the Lord. So, when the Lord had something to say, Moses was there to hear it.
My question for you is, if there is a day when God wants to give a message or direction to His body of believers, will you, as a leader, be there to hear it? Or will that be the day that your schedule was just too busy to get alone with God? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss a thing! May our friendship and availability to the Lord be of prominent priority so that we don’t miss anything!
Finally, I cannot miss the little detail that is slipped in at the end of verse 11. Joshua! It struck me in Exodus 32:17, that when the Israelites were bowing down to idols, Joshua was not there, because he was close to Moses while Moses met with the Lord. In Exodus 33:11, we see again that Joshua is in the wings of ministry, next to Moses – and the Lord!
This tells me two things. First, it points out that preparation for powerful ministry starts alone with God. At least, it did for Joshua. It kept him out of trouble, too. Secondly, it points out the value of having a younger “leader on the rise” by your side to pray and to train. Clearly, when Moses died, Joshua was completely ready to walk with God and lead His people on to the Promised Land.
How about you? Are you a good friend to God? Are you available to Him? Do you have someone (or more than one) by your side who is learning how to walk with God next to you? What do you need to work on? Is this encouragement for you to keep on going, or is it an admonishment to you to be more faithful? How are you doing as God’s leader today?