devotional post # 2294
Num 9:15 On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until morning.
Num 9:16 So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night.
Num 9:17 And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped.
Num 9:18 At the command of Yahveh the people of Israel set out, and at the command of Yahveh they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp.
Num 9:19 Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of Yahveh and did not set out.
Num 9:20 Sometimes the cloud was a few days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of Yahveh they remained in camp; then according to the command of Yahveh they set out.
Num 9:21 And sometimes the cloud remained from evening until morning. And when the cloud lifted in the morning, they set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud lifted they set out.
Num 9:22 Whether it was two days, or a month, or a longer time, that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, staying there, the people of Israel remained in camp and did not set out, but when it lifted they set out.
Num 9:23 At the command of Yahveh they camped, and at the command of Yahveh they set out. They kept the charge of Yahveh, at the command of Yahveh by Moses.
guidance for the day
From one day to the next, the Israelites did not know what their focus was going to be. It all depended on what God did. If his presence — symbolized by the cloud and fire — stayed put, The Israelites would stay put. But when God moved, they moved. The nation stood on the ready to respond to the guidance of its God.
You and I need to learn to do that. We need to spend time in prayer, and ask God to give us the day’s mission. Then, whether the mission is to go or stay, we need to obey.
LORD, we are ready. Give us our guidance for today.