Moses pitched his tent (or tabernacle) outside of the Israelite camp. This became the ‘go to’ place to seek God’s counsel for the Israelite's. After Moses spoke with God he left the tent… but someone was still there.
He led armies into battles (Ex. 17:9) and supported Moses while God’s very own people worshiped a golden calf (Ex. 24:13). Joshua was more than just a servant. Translating "servant" from Hebrew (in this passage) describes him as a 'minister'. He was to become Moses’s successor. Talk about big shoes to fill! He would have needed all the help he could get! He knew he had to be prepared to deal with this whining and troublesome bunch. He needed the time in the tabernacle- where God’s presence was.
When life gets too much we have our own ways with dealing with stress and anxiety. Here I believe Joshua gives us a perfect solution- hanging out in God’s presence. Next time you have your alone time with God pray for his peaceful presence.
“Therefor let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” Hebrews 4:16
Approach the throne of grace, freely accessible because of Christ’s sacrifice, and dare to stay in His presence… for just a little bit longer.