Do you think your life is stressful? Think about Moses trying to lead about 2 to 3 million former slaves through the desert! When the people faced difficulties—such as lack of water or food—they whined and complained and spoke of going back into slavery! On top of that, they traveled together as a large group with only tents separating themselves from all their neighbors (imagine refugee camps as seen on TV). How could Moses cope with all this pressure? We read about his “secret” from Exodus 33:7: “Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the ‘tent of meeting’.” To keep his sanity, Moses needed to get away from the crowds and seek the presence of God. This was his time of refreshing, giving him power and hope to face the day. The practice of prayer not only blessed Moses, but also inspired those he led. “And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent…. Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent” (Exodus 33:8-10). Prayer not only filled Moses with God’s presence and peace, but also had a powerful effect on God’s people. So, my question to you is, “Where is your ‘tent of meeting’?” When and where do you spend daily time in God’s presence, gaining strength to face the day with hope and victory? But, you say, “I just don’t have the time.” Be creative. You can certainly carve out some alone time with God during the 24 hours He gives you today. Don’t be overcome by the stress of life and simply accept defeat and despair as normal. God’s presence is greater than any challenges you and I will ever face. Go to your “tent” and meet with God! You will be glad you did…and so will those around you.
Pastor Mark Boucher