by Jerry Lewis
On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning. So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped. At the command of the LORD the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the LORD they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.Numbers 9:15-18
Trusting God, walking by the Spirit, is nothing new. Israel, when leaving Egypt and headed toward the promised land also learned to trust God. Their trust was moment-by-moment. God used a cloud to guide them. The cloud was cloud-like in the daytime, like fire at night. Whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, the people pulled up camp and moved. They stayed as long as the cloud stayed.
Been camping lately? Remember how hard it was to pull up camp at the end of the week. Multiply that by 600,000–men! Plus women and children! Perhaps two million people on the move. When the cloud lifted, two million people pulled up camp. Moses goes on to say that sometimes the cloud stayed a day, sometimes a year!
Are you willing to follow God anywhere, do anything? Are you so in tune with His presence that when He says to do something, you’ll do it…without asking why? Or how?
Today, learn to listen to God. Henry Blackaby says that God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, circumstances, the Church and prayer to reveal Himself. I imagine that every morning when the Israelites woke up, they looked at the tabernacle to see the Presence of God.
We should, too.
Take time today to seek God–to truly seek His perspective, His heart, His glory. And then walk in light of His presence. Simply do what He says.
Fulling trusting God to take you where He wants you is such a peaceful way to live! When I try to ignore that move, the peace leaves me, He puts me in an uncomfortable, sometimes physically painful situation to make me move!! But, so thankful for that very painful moment of mercy!!