“Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.”
– Numbers 9:22
The Hebrew people moved and settled as the Lord directed. It did not matter if it was day or night. If God moved within that cloud, everyone was to pack up and move along with Him. The Israelite encampment shaped like a cross, with three tribes on all four sides of the Tabernacle of Meeting that was in the middle, would move in an orderly fashion and in perfect harmony. Not only that, everyone would have to continually watch if the Lord remained or if He began to move. They did not know how long they would stay in one place, sometimes it was just overnight. The group had to continually keep their vision upwards for direction.
It is amazing how they never settled in a place they were not supposed to be. They were a people in a foreign land. There were no real possessions. They did not store up and accumulate anything they should not have had that would anchor them down to any particular area. They had to be ready to move where the Lord directed them.
When Jesus sent out the disciples on their initial ministry journey, He told them not to take anything with them. They were to go and demonstrate complete trust that the Lord would provide all of their needs. It was His spoken word that guided them and directed them, and it is the same for us today.
We live in a society that is distracted and always looking down. We are so wrapped up in the lives of others due to the desire to feed a constant flow of what is very often needless information. The only way to see upwards when you are looking down is to read God’s written word! As it speaks to your heart, you will know the direction the Lord is leading you in. Your treasures will be stored in heaven, and you will fulfill His will in your life. Do not settle in one place. Be ready to move when the Lord speaks to you. The cloud that drives the Christian today is the revelations and truths in the Bible. When you begin to move, ensure you have scripture to back up your reasoning.
“Christianity is the true worship and service of the true God, humankind’s Creator, and Redeemer. It is a religion that rests on revelation: nobody would know the truth about God, or be able to relate to him in a personal way, had not God first acted to make himself known. But God has so acted, and the sixty-six books of the Bible, thirty-nine written before Christ came and twenty-seven after, are together the record, interpretation, expression, and embodiment of his self-disclosure. God and godliness are the Bible’s uniting themes.”
– J.I. Packer