This morning part of our reading consisted of Numbers 9—“On the day the Tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered it.But from evening until morning the cloud over the Tabernacle looked like a pillar of fire. This was the regular pattern—at night the cloud that covered the Tabernacle had the appearance of fire. Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle” (vs. 15-18).
I can picture the people setting up a tent and having to break it down at a moment’s notice. They had no idea how long they would be at a certain place—“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” (vs. 22). Everything must have felt so temporary—no opportunity to “build roots,” no opportunity to feel comfortable, etc.
I thought about Hebrews 13:14, “For this world is not our permanent home…” Our purpose in life is not to be comfortable because sometimes comfort brings complacency or stagnation. We often grow spiritually when we are uncomfortable. The people in Numbers 9 did not know where or when they were going—they just had to rely on God to guide them.
When was the last time you totally trusted God to guide you? Sometimes we just have to let go of our own comfort to follow Him.
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