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You Can Camp With God

In Scripture we read about how different men and women encountered God in the wilderness.  Did you know that this is still something we can experience today?  In this post I want to describe it to you.

The Bible is full of accounts of the people who met with God in the outdoors.  Here is one such encounter.

Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.  When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!”  So he named that place Mahanaim.
Genesis 32:1-2

The name Mahanaim means double camp.  Jacob acknowledged that there were two camps where he was staying.  There was his camp and the camp of God.  This is important because now that Christ has risen, we are in a “double kingdom.”  We live in the world, yet at the same time we are in the kingdom of God.

Wherever we go, whatever we do, we take this heavenly kingdom with us.  Whether we realize it or not, we have access to God’s kingdom at all times.  Our problem is usually the distractions that keep us from seeking the spiritual.

I just returned from a camping trip.  I spent a night, alone, in a nearby state park.  I set up my tent at a secluded site and settled in.

The purpose was to get alone with God for a while.  You might think that this sounds a little extreme.  Maybe it is, but I’ve found that I can hear from God better without all of the distractions in my familiar settings.

When God gets me by myself like this, He can (and does) get my undivided attention.  There are times He deals with me about things I may have been neglecting.  Sometimes it’s about God teaching me something new, or giving me insight into the Word.

This trip I can truly say that God showed up in the camp.  There were some things that He worked through with me and I received an “extreme makeover.”  Looking back, I wouldn’t have missed that time with the Lord for anything else.

If you read through the Gospels you’ll find that praying in the wilderness was a major part of the life of Christ.  I believe that this is one of the secrets of His intimacy with the Father.  I want to follow His example.

The good news is that this type of encounter with God is available to every one of us.  If you are able, I encourage you to give it a try.  Go out with a tent and other supplies. Bring your Bible and a notebook.  Then expect to meet with God.

I believe that He honors our desire to seek Him intimately.  The Lord loves the quality time we spend together.  Then He can deal with things that take time to work through.

I can truly say that spending alone time with God in the outdoors is an incredible blessing.

Question: Have you encountered God in the outdoors?  Could you share about it?

© Nick Zaccardi 2012

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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Prayer, Times in the Wilderness

 

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The Burning Bush – Part 2

Exodus 3:4-6
When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
And Moses said, “Here I am.”
“Do not come any closer,” God said.  “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”  Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”  At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

Yesterday I posted about the “burning bush” experience that God wants us to have with Him.  Today I want to take it a step further.  The first thing I notice, is that God did not reveal Himself until He knew that He had Moses attention.

Sometimes I like to go out hiking or camping in the woods.  While I’m there, I usually take the time to pray and seek the Lord.  The reason I love to meet with God in the wilderness is that there are no distractions.

We live in a world where there’s a whirlwind of activity around us.  We desperately need to take the time and get alone with God in a solitary place.  Only then will God have the freedom to speak with us on the level He desires.

The next thing is that God instructs Moses to take off his shoes because he was standing on holy ground.  God wants nothing to insulate Moses from His holiness.  So often we want a buffer between us and God.  We want the Pastor to pray for us and tell us what to do.  The truth is that we need to see ourselves as holy – set apart for the exclusive use of God.

Take the time right now to bask in the holiness of the Lord.  Begin to see yourself as set apart for His plan.  Lay down your desires upon the altar of God.  In that way you are opening the door for a “burning bush” of your own.

 
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Posted by on March 31, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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