The pressures of leadership can often be intense. We (Convergence House of Prayer) are coming down to the wire with the completion of our new building. The building is due to receive final inspections in just a few short weeks.
Right now, it feels like we are in heavy labor awaiting the baby to be born. It’s hard, it’s painful but we realize how amazing things will be upon delivery.
Through this season, I have thought a lot about the life of Moses and what he needed to do in being “the guy” to lead Israel out of Egypt and into the promised land.Moses would often head into the “Tent of Meeting” to hear from the Lord. This “Tent of Meeting” needs to be a BIG part of our lives and it cannot be neglected due to the ministry demands we all face.
Why Every Leader Needs A Tent Of Meeting
1. The tent of meeting gives us the power and wisdom to carry out what He has called us to do.
Ex. 33:7a “Now Moses used to take a tent…”
Moses traveled with God through the desert carrying the tent. He realized that he could not lead God’s people on his own and he needed regular communion with Him. The success of his mission depended on these regular meetings with God. This habit was everything to him.
Our daily meeting with the Lord has to be held as sacred. Our leadership grows as we meet daily with God. It’s important that this meeting be the most important meeting in our day.
2. The tent of meeting frees us from the noise of life and ministry.
Ex. 33:7b “and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.”
Moses pitched the tent outside the camp, away from the noise. Moses made an intentional decision to meet with God away from the busyness of life and ministry. This provided a distraction-free place to commune with the Lord. Talking with God “on the run” is necessary but daily-focused time with God is vital.
3. The tent of meeting creates anticipation in the hearts of those whom we lead.
Ex. 33:8 And when Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent.”
As Moses entered the tent, a pillar of cloud would descend and rest on top of it. This must have been some sight to see.
This manifestation reveals a real important truth. The people Moses is leading are confident and expectant that their leader was communing with God.This is vital for favor, anointing and influence in keeping God’s people on God’s agenda.
When the demands of ministry take precedence to the “tent of meeting” passion wanes and confidence wavers. It’s not long until the fumes we are running on will show themselves before the people we lead. I believe it is right that the people we lead are confident in our communion with God.
4. The tent of meeting creates friendship with God.
Ex. 33:11 “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.”
Moses developed a relationship with God experienced by only a few. Moses was a leader of millions but more importantly he was a friend of God. Friends of God lead millions. The ministry call should lead to an ever-deeper friendship with God. Anything less defeats the very essence of the call.
Wrapping Things Up
The demands of ministry serve to grow me up not burn me out. The Lord wants each and every one of us to reach our full potential in Him.
Your tent of meeting might be early in the morning in a nice leather chair. It might be late at night in your home office. Your tent of meeting might be in a Prayer Room in your city or in your car.
Regardless of whether you serve as leaders in ministry, the marketplace or as a homemaker, we all need a daily “tent of meeting” in our lives.