Survival in the Wilderness (5)
When you find yourself in the wilderness, what’s the one thing you need more than anything else?
That’s why the Lord told Moses to build the tabernacle and He used it as a teaching tool to show His people that:
1) He wants to meet with us regularly. The word ‘tabernacle’ means ‘tent of meeting’. God wants you to spend time with Him. He wants you to get to know Him. Because when you do, you’ll worry less and trust Him more. The Bible says, ‘Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace…’ (KJV) It’s important to listen to God’s Word being taught, to meet with other believers, and be encouraged by their testimonies. But at some point you’ve got to stop trading in second-hand information and get ‘up close and personal’ with God. There’s no better way to “agree” with Him. James writes, ‘Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…’ (James 4:8 NKJV).
2) God wants to be at the center of our lives. When Israel set up camp each night, the twelve tribes pitched their tents in formation surrounding the tabernacle, where God’s presence dwelt. Every man, woman, boy and girl could stand in the door of their tent and see God in their midst.
Could the message be clearer?
When your deepest affections and greatest ambitions are centered around Christ, your life will take an upward swing. ‘…delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart’ (Psalms 37:4 NIV). The formula for thriving in the wilderness is: center your life on Christ and soak yourself in His Word!
‘“Agree with God, and be at peace…’ Job 22:21 ESV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Isaiah 26:3-4, 9, 12; 30:15, 18, 19-23
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock! My soul yearns for you; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you! O Lord, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works! In returning & rest you shall be saved; in quietness & trust shall be your strength! The Lord waits to be gracious to you! He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry. As soon as he hears it, he answers you! Your teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “this is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left! Then you will defile your idols. You will say to them, “be gone!”