“And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.”
God always wants to be the focus of our attention. Verse 14 says about God’s desire for your attention, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:” God is not interested in sharing your focus with someone or something else, but He desires and demands to have your full attention. You will never have the sweet fellowship with your Saviour until He becomes your sole focus. Does this mean that you can’t love anyone else? Absolutely not! What it means is that you look at life and relationships through God’s eyes.
It was after Israel had committed the great sin of worshipping the golden calf that Moses took the tabernacle outside the camp. The tabernacle was a temporary location that could be moved that became the sacred place of worshipping God. God desires for you to make a tabernacle where you can worship Him; not a physical tabernacle, but a place where you meet with Him privately in prayer. Several things are expressed in this verse that shows what it will take for you to find God’s presence in your private tabernacle.
First, God’s presence is often found alone. The believer needs to get alone if they want to find God’s presence in sweet prayer. You will rarely get alone with God if you don’t have a place and time that is apart from everyone and everything.
Second, God’s presence is often found outside the camp. One of the reasons many people never find God’s presence in prayer is because they never get away from everything to find His presence. God’s presence is never found in the busyness of society. One of the reasons Moses moved the tabernacle outside the camp was to show Israel they needed to get away from family and friends, daily activities, and anything that would pull their attention away from God. You will never find God’s sweet presence in prayer until you get alone with God. When you are serious enough to get away from technology, daily activities, friends and family to get alone with God is when you will discover the sweet presence of God in your prayer time.
Third, God’s presence is never found without a seeking heart. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” The verse above says, “And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp.” God can be found by every person, but He will only be found when they seek Him in prayer. Maybe one of the reasons you have a hard time finding God is because you are seeking everything else instead of God. Let me encourage you to stop your search for your desires and start your search for God.
Fourth, God’s presence is only found when your desire is God and not the acceptance of man. Those who sought God found Him “without the camp.” If you need the approval of the populace to belong, you will find the presence of God will be obscure in your life. My friend, God is a jealous God who will not share His time with others. You must be willing to be alone if you are going to find His presence. God can be found in your life if you are willing to seek Him alone.