For many, the Christian faith becomes an easy chair – a comfortable place to sit and watch God move. But the LORD wants to get us out of our comfort zone and move with Him.
One Word –
At the command of the LORD they camped, and at the command of the Lord they set out. They kept the charge of the LORD, at the command of the LORD by Moses. Numbers 9:23
Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 9, 10; John 18, 19
Big Idea –
God’s presence rested above the tabernacle as a cloud by day and fire by night. However, God did not just sit still; the LORD is not idle. God is on the move!
From time to time the cloud would lift and the Israelites would set out until it came to rest again. Sometimes they would camp only for a day or two while at other times they remained in one place longer. Yet they always followed God who directed them to move from place to place.
On first glance it seems all people had to do was look to the center of the camp to see if the cloud had lifted or not. Yet the cloud was not the only signal the people had of God’s movement; “They kept the charge of the LORD, at the command of the LORD by Moses.” Before the cloud lifted, God would speak to Moses instructing him to tell the people to prepare to break camp.
God always chooses to work through a human instrument. God could act alone. However, the LORD chooses to do His work and to move as He wills, not without us, but as we His people respond in faithful obedience.
The people’s obedience in the wilderness to cooperate with the movement of God is further shown in the chapter 10. God commanded trumpets to be sounded so the people could prepare to move out. When they broke came they did so following the leaders appointed to serve over each of the twelve tribes. Moses directed the priests to sound the trumpets. The trumpet blast told the tribal leaders to lead the people to break camp and follow God’s leading. Thus the people had to choose to respond with obedience breaking camp and following their leaders (see Numbers 10:1-28).
I don’t know about you, but I find it easy to get comfortable where I’m at. And when we get comfortable, we get lazy. It is usually at times like these that I will become aware of a need, or someone will ask about doing this or that. Now I’m not saying every time the LORD is speaking through these individuals or circumstances to get me moving in the direction He desires to go, but I can’t help but wonder if sometimes I missed out on what God wanted to accomplish through me because I was comfortable and didn’t want to move.
I must remain faithful to hear and announce God’s word; to move out at His command and follow His leading both individually and corporately. It is time to hear the sound of the trumpets and move with the LORD!
Yes to Yield –
LORD Jesus, I praise You because You are not idle or just sitting still. You are a God on the move. Forgive me when I get comfortable and don’t want to move, or fail to hear what You are saying, often through the people in my life.
You are calling me and our church family to set out to fulfill Your purpose. Your desire is to do a fresh work in and through us. You LORD will strengthen the church as take steps to follow the leading of Your Spirit. At times we may not understand Your ways, but You have given us Your Holy Spirit – the breath to fill our sails and give us words to speak. Holy Spirit help me and helpus as a church to move with You. Strengthen our faith to step out in obedience. Like Israel keep us united as we each in turn step out to follow You.