Time to Go!
“Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out” (Numbers 9.22 NIV).
The nomadic Nation of Israel is slowly making its way through the wilderness, and the uncharted course makes absolutely no sense. They are following God—represented in a fire at night and a cloud by day—with complete reliance on Him (besides occasional complaining and disobedience). The fire provides warmth and light during the night, and the cloud offers coolness and shade during the day. Sometimes the cloud and fire would stay in one spot for a year, but sometimes they would stay only a few days. The people followed the cloud and fire closely because their protection and direction were dependant on them. Today we don’t need a cloud or fire to lead us. The New Testament Chosen People (Christians) have the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of them. God’s Spirit is our protection and direction, guiding us to God’s best in this life. However, we must be totally reliant on His movement. We get into trouble when we start trying to chart our own course. We might have well-meaning intentions, but we will eventually discover that we journeyed into our own selfishness, which leads to a shallow, self-serving existence. Only God knows the perfect path that ensures our submission to His will, which leads to joy, peace and eternal purpose. Although God’s direction may not be known, He does put a passion in us that draws us to His promises. And if we trust our god-given passion and promises, we’d be willing to journey anywhere with Him.
“So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go!” (Romans 8.12-14 MSG).