February 3, 2021

Living in God's Presence


So Moses and his assistant Joshua set out, and Moses climbed up the mountain of God.

Exodus 24:13 NLT



We get a real glimpse into Joshua’s training to be a leader in our passage today and in another passage from Exodus 33:11. What we discover is that Joshua learned the importance of being with God.

In today’s passage, Moses is going up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments from God. Moses leaves Aaron and Hur in charge of the people, and when he’s gone, they build a golden calf and go crazy in partying.

But Joshua goes with Moses up the mountain. There is no indication that Joshua had the privilege to see or hear God on the mountain. But Joshua was close enough to experience the glory of God. He had to sense the awesomeness and holiness of God. Perhaps, being on the mountain helped Joshua see the horribleness of sins of the people when they returned and saw the golden calf.

When we spend time in God’s presence, we get a fresh perspective on our sins. We begin to see ourselves as helpless sinners who must have the grace of God to cleanse and empower our lives. Anyone with pride in their spirituality has not spent much time in the presence of God.

Going to the Tent of Meeting to meet with God regularly reinforced Moses’ mountain experience. Joshua would go with him, and when Moses left the tent, Joshua “would remain behind in the Tent of Meeting” (Exodus 33:11).

Joshua learned to recognize the wisdom, confidence, and spiritual power that Moses received from the presence of God. He chose to stay behind and linger in the presence of God. I believe Joshua wanted to remind himself what it felt like to live in God’s presence. He was not in a rush to get on with life. He understood God’s presence was the power center of life.

In our fast-paced world, we have lost the art of waiting on God. Taking time to experience God’s presence is a choice of self-discipline. There is always something else to do. But in God’s presence, we find our confidence, power, and wisdom.



Holy Spirit, I want to experience Your presence. I want those mountain experiences, but I also want those day-to-day experiences of just spending time with You. I want to receive Your wisdom to inspire my confidence and courage.

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