On the Move
At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out.
I love to go camping with my family but what I don’t like is getting everything packed up and ready to go.
Although all the stress of going camping is worth it once we get out into the wild, I could do without the packing part.
The Israelites knew all about the challenges of camping. They wandered in the wilderness for forty years and that was definitely not a holiday! They were nomads and without permanent homes, they lived in tents in the desert.
As well as their personal belongings, the Israelites also travelled with the tabernacle, which was the portable dwelling place for God’s presence. During this time, the Lord provided them with a sign – a cloud – to reassure them that he was with them.
Whenever the cloud lifted above the tabernacle, the people knew it was time to move on. When the cloud stood still, they set up camp and stayed there until the cloud moved again.
Sometimes the cloud hovered over the tabernacle from evening until the next morning. Other times it stayed for a month or longer. The Israelites didn’t know when they would be going. They had absolutely no control or say in the matter. They lived day by day in complete dependence on the guidance of the Lord.
And yet, despite the uncertainty and inconvenience of the lifestyle, they obeyed.
Where are you in your journey with the Lord?
Are you camping out and waiting for the Lords’ instructions?
Are you on the move, following in the direction God is leading you?
Wherever you are, know that the Lord is with you.
Seek God. Listen to his voice.
If God says wait, then sit tight. If he says go, then start packing.
Be like the Israelites.
Seek God and follow where God leads.
I know you have plans for my life. You have work for me to do and places for me to go. As I spend time in prayer speak to my heart. Show me if now is a time to move or a time to wait on you.
Father, we make this prayer in the name of Jesus through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen