Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | June 10, 2016

Learning To Linger

june 10“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.” Exodus 33:11(NIV)

Awe-stricken, mesmerized, or disbelief could describe what he had witnessed – an unforgettable once in a lifetime experience!   Ever had one – an encounter radically changing your life forever?  Joshua, Moses’ servant experienced this first hand – a young man sitting at the feet of one of God’s most profound leaders.  Imagine that – so much to learn, observe and understand about leadership.   In Exodus 33, Joshua not only witnessed Moses talking with God but also the pillar of cloud descending and standing at the door of the tabernacle.

As Moses’ apprentice Joshua was privileged to partake of many of his endeavors, however, this particular time everyone worshipped and returned to his tent but he lingered (stayed in one place longer than necessary).  Why? Perhaps it was to pay attention in case God had something more to say or maybe he longed to be still in God’s presence absorbing all he had seen and heard. Whatever his reason, God recorded it.  Fast-forward a few books in God’s Word, and we find Joshua operating as another giant for God – following in Moses’ footsteps – how’s that for once in a lifetime opportunity?


Serving Moses preceded Joshua’s leadership opportunity.   God used lingering moments spent with Him to groom Joshua to lead His people.  Because everyday distractions cause us to scurry through praise and worship, quiet times and sweet moments with God, we often miss His blessing.  When was the last time you tarried with Jesus? It is time well spent.   Like Joshua it could lead to something that only happens once in a lifetime and won’t be soon forgotten!!


“Dear Jesus, please help us to linger with you.  You have so much to offer.”

For His Glory

Patsy Sanders
TRBC Women’s Life

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