At the command of the Lord the sons of Israel would set out, and at the command of the Lord they would camp; as long as the cloud settled over the tabernacle, they remained camped.
Historically armies have marched in formation at a moments notice. The Jacobite army of 1745 marched south into England at the command of Bonnie Prince Charlie, only to retreat being pursued by an English army headed by the Duke of Cumberland.
In my devotional reading today I was particularly struck by the order of the Israelites in Numbers 9. They had camped in an order set by God, and now they marched to His order too. The pillar of cloud signifying the presence of the Almighty hovered over the Tabernacle and they camped about it. But as soon as He moved they followed after Him, if He moved at all.
As I pondered this scripture I asked myself how faithful have I been in waiting on God’s call and obeying His lead. I must confess, there are times I have been a bit like Jonah and dared to disagree with God. But like Jonah I needed to learn my lesson, Almighty God always gets His way in the end. In hindsight I can look on these times of rebellion and see the wondrous work of my Father God, and I praise Him in thanksgiving.
Dear reader, are you following Father God today? Or are you awaiting His guidance on what to do next? Follow the ancient example of the Israelites in the wilderness, keep your eyes on Him and follow His lead when He moves. This world is a barren wilderness for us (the children of God), let us follow Him as He leads us to our Promised Land.