Exodus 33:11 “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.”
A famous folk singer wrote:
“Oh, the times they are a changin”.
No longer do I have the excitement of my youth, the energy, the zeal. But what remains is a passion that hasn’t waned; only deepened.
You and I can complain about the state of things, yet, what have we done to affect it? We reach a stage in our life where we look back and wonder if our lives have made the impact we dreamed it would?
No longer can I affect what has passed; I only have but today.
I can surely be caught up in the methods, and the manners of those who have made the impact I long to have, but, there is something at the root of all of it that we so often miss.
In this chapter, Moses spoke with God “… as a man speaketh unto his friend.” He also desired the presence of God in his life – so much so, that he did not want to continue until he knew for certain that God was going to go with him.
Exodus 33:15 “And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.”
Oh, that the pastors of churches, the teachers, the deacons, the ministers, the workers yea, every soul could so desire that we would not go forward in our day unless we absolutely knew that the presence of God would go with us.
My God, who knows every fiber of my being, every hair upon my head, every thought before I think it; has a perfect will for my life. He has works for me to do today that He has created before the foundation of the world.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
I can face the day knowing my God has gone before me and has seen what I will face. He has for me, everything I need to succeed. If we would but come to Him, desire His will for our lives and seek Him alone, we would begin to see that God has taken care of it all!
But, knowing all that is NOT the need of the day. Yes, we need to walk with God. We need to desire His presence. We need to live as unto Christ every single day of my life. But the true need of the day is found in our text passage:
“…but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”
There was a young man watching Moses as he led the people of Israel. Joshua saw that it was not the outward that he needed to capture, it was the heart of the man that walked with God.
Joshua stayed behind because he wanted to talk with God just as he had witnessed his mentor. To Joshua, he saw that God was personal. He saw that God cared deeply for the things that mattered most.
Our need is to seek out and train those within our care to not conform to the manner of religion, but to seek God; walk humbly with Him and serve with the knowledge that they have been sent by the mighty hand of God – not Mom or Dad.
We need more Joshuas. We need more Josephs. We need more Davids and Sauls that have been converted into Pauls.
If we fail this generation, what will come are those who never knew our God.
Let us all do our part to find one and train them. Then, show them how they can train another and so on. And so fulfill Paul’s admonition to tTimothy:
2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”