Num 1:4 And there will be with you a man, a man from each tribe, each man being the head of the house of his fathers.
Num 1:5 And these are the names of the men who will stand with you. From Reuben, Elitsur the son of Shedeur;
Num 1:6 from Simeon, Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai;
my rock, my friend
The LORD communicated his connection with his people through the names of these leaders. Reuben’s general was Elitsur, whose name said “God is my rock.” This spoke of stability even in the midst of a nomadic life full of transitions and change. Simeon’s general was Shelumiel, whose name said “my friend is God.” This name encouraged a people who felt helpless in the desert to let their powerful friend fight for them.
LORD, thank you that we do not have to face life’s changes by our own power, but that you invite us to rely upon your power and your presence.