64. Follow God

The Israelites moved at God's command. Whenever the cloud above the Tabernacle moved, they moved and when it stayed, they stayed. They followed and obeyed.

'Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on. So they camped and travelled at the Lord's command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses.' Numbers 9:22, 23

They moved when God moved and stayed when He stayed. And as long as they did that, they were blessed.

In Exodus and Leviticus, the same message comes through. Follow God and obey Him and be blessed or disobey Him and calamities will follow. As we know the history of Israel, we know that they did follow God up and until a point and there after they went their own way, despite several prophets being sent to warn them of the severe consequences of their actions.

And the same applies to us today. When God moves, we need to move and when God stays, we need to stay. But that is very difficult for us to do, especially if staying means that we need to make the best with what we have and the circumstances surrounding us. We would love to see things change, we would love to climb the corporate ladder and earn more money and we would love to move into a bigger, better house, we would love to immigrate to a country where we are not discriminated against based on our skin color, but if God wants us to stay, we need to look up to Him and grow His Kingdom right there where we are. God is more concerned with our spiritual wellbeing than our physical wellbeing and if it is better for me and for the advancement of the Kingdom of God that I stay, then I need to make peace with it. To stay is His perfect will for my life and I should be content to know that that is the best for me and the best for His Kingdom.

And the same goes for when He wants us to move. It might be extremely uncomfortable, especially if we are happy where we are, if we are cozy and settled in, if we have a lot of friends and a lot of things going right for us, then it is very difficult. It would be very difficult for me too! But history shows that depending on God and His leading, is what provides everlasting peace for us. Nothing else. Only He knows best. The joy of the Lord would be our strength and He would guide us on the best path. We need to learn from the mistakes the Israelites made and rather follow His leading.

Lord it is so difficult for us to stay and it is so difficult for us to move. Help us to rather follow You, then none of it would be difficult. Only Your will matters and only what You want for our lives. Please help us to follow You no matter what. We can only do that with Your Spirit helping us and thank you that we can know that He does. In Jesus Name. Amen



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