Linger A Little Longer [Devotion]
Well before Joshua led the Israelites through monumental battles and into the Promised Land, he spent many quiet, solitary moments with God.
We find him lingering a little longer with God after Moses has left the Tent of Meeting: “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)
You’d think that the Lord speaking face to face with Moses would be the main event – what else would come close to being so glorious an experience? – yet, when all was said and done, Joshua hung around for a bit more.
Only Joshua and the Lord know what took place in those moments. Only the know what Joshua may have said to the Lord during that quiet time, when no one else was around to see or hear. But what we do know from that one little verse in the Bible is that Joshua spent personal time encountering God, lingering in His Presence.
This was the same guy who eventually took over and led the Israelites, prayed that the sun would stand still (and it did!) during a battle, and shouted down the walls of a fortified city.
For modern-day worship leaders, spending personal time with God – lingering in His Presence in the quiet times – is equally as important as it was for Joshua. Before we can lead people to a place of victory and praise, we need to spend time with the Lord ourselves.
When you go to spend time with the Lord today, I encourage you to linger in His Presence just a little bit longer. You’ll never come up short-changed when you spend your moments with Him.
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