Exodus 33:10-11 And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped every man in his tent door. 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. ~ We understand through scripture that God calls his people to be separate from the world. We are called to come out from among them and live differently, act differently, and not take on their identity.
We see in these scriptures Israel was set apart from the rest of the nations upon the Earth. We see the cloudy pillar concealing the presence of God standing at the tabernacle door. When the people of the congregation saw it, they worshipped God – at a distance. This represents so much of the church today. We will respond to the presence of God when we see it. We will sit in our pews and respond to what God is doing. But there is a greater depth, a greater call that we can respond to. It is seen in Moses and Joshua.
So many times we view the ministers of the Gospel, the 5 fold ministry, as special men who were hand-picked and have this special grace and touch on their lives. But we see here that the tabernacle was available for all. It wasn’t just available to Moses. Joshua was a young man who CHOSE to go up to the tabernacle and who CHOSE not to leave. When Moses left, Joshua stayed behind. And because of this choice Joshua made, God used him to take the people of God into the promise land.
Many are called but few are chosen. This choosing is not up to God. If it were, he would be a respecter of persons. No, the choosing is up to us. We determine to be chosen by the choices we make. And when God sees those choices, he responds to us. Anyone could have come out of their tents, out of their familiarity and come unto the tabernacle to seek the Lord, but none did except Joshua.
Let’s be like Joshua. Let’s be those who choose to pursue the Lord. Let’s purpose not to be spectators watching from a distance and respond only when we see God do something. Let’s be those who pursue God and because of our pursuit, God pursues us! The choice is up to us. Today chose to be pursued of God.