In Exodus 33, we find a fascinating story of the people of Israel who were camped out in the desert, waiting to go into the promised land. During that waiting period, Moses would pitch a tent outside the camp, which he called “the tent of meeting.” It was here he would spend time seeking the Lord.
Each time Moses left the camp to go to the tent of meeting, the people would stand at the entrance of their tents to watch him as he passed by. Now, this is a guy who was facing some major mountains. He had enemies to fight, battles to win, and a nation to lead. And as he walked out of the camp, there had to be a million things on his mind. He would have passed by people awaiting his decision, people needing wisdom; there would have been as many complex problems as there were people in the crowd. But despite all his responsibilities, Moses left all these distractions behind to go to the tent of meeting and spend time in the presence of the Lord.
Scripture says, “Inside the Tent of Meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (v.11a NLT). In Hebrew, the word used for “face” symbolizes not just someone’s appearance but also the very essence of who that person is. It identifies who they truly are. Moses did not simply seek the hand of God; he sought to know God.
This time of fasting hasn’t merely been about getting an answer but about drawing closer to God than ever before. If we are going to see battles won and mountains moved, it will be our nearness to God that makes all the difference!
As we finish these 21 days, if we have made it our goal to get closer to Him, we will see mountains moved!
Exodus 33:7–10 (ESV)
Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the LORD would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the LORD would speak with Moses. And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door.