Spiritual Practice


Tracey Willet

While Moses was up on Mount Sinai for forty days, receiving the Law, Joshua waited for him, alone on the mountainside. All the other leaders, including Moses’ brother Aaron, waited together back at the camp. I start feeling lonesome after forty minutes by myself, let alone forty days. I wonder what Joshua thought as he waited. Are you really there, God? I wish I could see you. Is Moses OK? Is he coming back? I wish I were in camp with everyone else. We can only speculate what waiting was like for Joshua.

Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God.
Exodus 24:13 (NIV)

The Bible tells us exactly what it was like for Aaron and the other leaders. They thought Moses was taking too long, so they decided to make an idol of gold in the shape of a calf. Joshua’s waiting stands in sharp contrast to that of Aaron and the rest of the Israelites. Joshua patiently waited for Moses and the Lord. In the end, God appointed Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.


REFLECT: Are you waiting for God? Will you choose to wait like Joshua, even if you feel lonely? Trust that God is at work, even if it takes a while. God rewards the faithful. Wait with expectation for God to show up in your life.

—from devozine (November/December 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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