The Israelites had a unique opportunity. They were visibly guided by God’s presence. In the hot, arid dessert of Sinai, God’s presence was a Cloud which shielded them from the rays of the sun. In the cool nights, when animals and wild beasts would attack, His presence was a fiery pillar to light the way and protect them.
When the Cloud lifted, the people simply moved with the Cloud. When it stopped, they set up camp. They never had a guarantee of how long God’s presence would remain in one place. So, they always had to be ready to move when the Cloud moved. They did not have permission to move before God moved or remain after God had moved.
The Bible says of Israel: “So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses.” (Numbers 9:23) This created a safe and secure environment for Israel.
Today, you don’t have a Cloud or Fire but you have God’s Spirit and a pastor. In the same way God led and provided for the Israelites, He desires to lead and provide for you. Start each day sensing where His Spirit is leading and commit to follow that direction. Listen to the teachings of your pastor. Before you make any moves in life, see where God is moving first. Let God’s Spirit and God’s servant lead you everyday just like the Israelites and you will live each day in peace!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Numbers 10:1-11:23; Mark 14:1-21; Psalm 51:1-19; Proverbs 10:31-32