When the Israelites exited Egypt, a pillar of cloud would go before them during the day, and a pillar of fire by night. God’s chosen people were led by His presence. Away from the camp, the distractions, busyness, and uncleanness of the people, was the tent of meeting. It was the place that Moses would meet with God. God would speak to Moses face to face. The pillar of cloud would descend upon the tent. It was here that God would instruct Moses, but it was also here that Moses would come to know God personally, where he would grow closer to the God that brought His people out of Egypt.
When Jesus died on the cross, the curtain of the temple was torn. The separation between the people and the presence of God was removed. Now, Jesus is the curtain, the entrance, to the Holiest of Holies. Through Him, we may boldly approach the throne of grace and enter into a personal relationship with God the father. It is through Jesus that we can enter the tent of meeting and speak to God face to face. We are now able to have an encounter with His awesome presence.
Our time with the Lord should not just be a time to petition God for our desires, or just to intercede, but it should also be a time of growing in relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It should be a time of understanding God’s character, His love and forgiveness. In moments of encounter, we see new aspects of God’s glory, His goodness, and His grace. As He reveals Himself to us, we are changed and propelled to be more like Him. Today, may you leave the camp of the world enter into the secret place, and may God reveal to you more of His goodness, kindness, and His nature!