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Job 22:21 KJV 
2015-09-01Written by Bob and Debby Gass
Wilderness 5: Jesus Be The Centre
What do wilderness-dwellers need most? Food? Water? Maps?... Who just said 'JESUS!'? Extra points for you. Actually though. The people of Israel had a list of physical needs in the desert, but underlying every need was their need for God. And He knew it. So in one of His face-to-face chats with Moses, God gives Moses instructions for a 'tent of meeting'. God wants Moses to build a place for God to chat with him, regularly. Amazing as that is, that closeness is available for you, too. Spending time in church, listening to sermons, hearing powerful testimonies are all great to do. But not one of those 'second hand' stories can replace the first-hand experience of spending time with Him yourself. James writes, 'Draw near to God and He will draw near to you...' (James 4:8 NKJV). He wants a relationship, y'know. He wants you to get to know Him. Also, that tent of meeting was to be in the middle of the camp. God didn't want to be at the side of His people, and He doesn't want to be an aside in your life. His presence was the core of His people, and all parts of the camp saw and felt His presence at the centre. With Him in the centre, no physical problem looks anywhere near as daunting. What Now? Put your Bible in the middle of your floor. Around it, arrange the other important things in your life (like your phone, photos of friends, study books, work, etc...). Take a photo of your life, with Jesus at the centre. Is it accurate?
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