Numbers 9:22 Waiting On God’s Order

Camping at night

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

People are constantly making choices in life as to when to move forward with something or not. Opportunities arise for movement upward in position in jobs and careers and schooling. The majority look at the financial benefits and anything that looks good they grab and move quickly at every opportunity.

While in the waiting period, many people keep trying to knock on doors to move upward and forward. They do not like to sit still and wait. The thought is that life is moving quickly and they must keep moving or they will miss something in life. People are anxious to keep moving towards the goal quickly.

As the Israelites were traveling through the wilderness, God had times for them to set up camp and sit still, while other times they were to move on. The time of waiting could be a very short time, while other times it would be a long wait. They would wait until the cloud God set over them had moved.

In life there are many lessons to be taught and things to do as a believer goes down the path God has for him. When in one place, it may be there for a short time, and the lesson or job is quickly done, then God will move on to the next phase in life.

Other times, God has a person sitting in one spot for a long time. There may be a lot of work to be done there, or learning the lesson could take some time. Waiting on God to move is needed to be done.

You will see the different times of movement, as a believer, in your own life. You may feel as if God is moving too fast, or too slow. Trusting God’s timing is important and obeying His order is a requirement.

God knows when it is best to move on and when it is best to stay in one place.

God knows the lesson or work you must go through. Seek Him to know what it is and work on completing what He requires. At the perfect time, God will move on to the next phase in life.

How are you doing at obeying God’s commands to stay or move?

I pray today that you will know what God is requiring of you; that you will wait patiently on God’s timing to move; that you will complete the work God has for you to do where you are; and that you will learn all lessons God gives you.

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Numbers 1:2 Counted As Family

People census

Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one. Numbers 1:2

All around the world, nearly every nation does a regular count of how many people there are in the nation. Often this is done for the purpose of taxing the people. It can also to see changes in growth to plan the infrastructure for the future of the nation.

Most of the time, the census is taken for personal gain of the nation. It is not done for true care and concern for the people or even the individual.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God told Moses to take a census of every man with them. He was to list each man’s name, one by one, clan by clan and family by family. It was to be a very detailed listing of who was living in camp.

God knew the names of every person before Moses was to even begin the count. He also knew the number of people in the camp. Taking this census is one way God can show that He knows the name of every man and his family. As Moses counted the people, he would be able to tell them this information is for God. He wants to know each person by name. This was a physical showing that God knows their names.

Very often people think that God does not know who they are or where they are in life. They feel as if God has forgotten or ignored them. This becomes especially true when the person is going through a difficult time. Or they are praying for something and God does not seem to answer or hear.

There are times that every believer needs to be encouraged that God knows his name. He needs to be reminded that he is on God’s census list.

You may be at one of those times of struggle, wondering if God even knows your name. Rest assured that God does know your name. He is taking a census on a daily basis of who all of His children are and where they are. In fact, it is a constant census, every moment of the day.

God knows your name and is right there with you. As long as you believe in Jesus and follow Him, He will keep counting you as family.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God knows your name; that you will be a part of God’s eternal family; and that you will trust that God is always with you, even in the deserts of life. 

Leviticus 23:34-35 Celebrate What God Has Done

Fireworks celebration

The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.” Leviticus 23:34-35

Celebrations is something that people do all over the world. There are hundreds, even thousands of different reasons to celebrate. These can be from someone’s birthday all the way up to world events being celebrated.

As a celebration is going on, people are excited and happy. They rejoice over something that had happened in the past as they remember what occurred, the reason for the celebration. Their focus is on the previous event. For many different types of celebrations there is a day of no work, it gives rest from the work day and allows a person to focus on the celebration.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God set up a regular, annual celebration to be done. It was called the Festival of Tabernacles. This celebration was to remember that they had traveled around the wilderness for forty years in tents. At the end of that time, God brought them out of the tents and gave them their own towns and homes. During this celebration, no work was to be done, the entire focus was upon celebrating what God has done.

Today Israelites still celebrate that festival, only it is now called Sukkot.

Although Christian believers do not celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles, they can celebrate where God has taken them from. Every believer lived in captivity of Egypt at some point in their life. As they were removed from Egypt, they may have gone through a wilderness for a time. Today they can celebrate what God has brought them through.

Every believer needs to stop working and remember what God has done in his life. They are to give God praise and celebrate God’s great work in their lives.

Take a moment to remember where God has brought you from. Think about what God has brought you through. Think about how God has provided for you.

Now take time to celebrate these things. If you can remember the day or even the month these things occurred, set those days aside to celebrate and remember as you give God thanks.

Do not let these events just become some event that happened in the past with no purpose. Celebrate God’s work!

I pray today that you will see what God has done in your life; that you will give God praise for what He has done for you; that you will praise God for His provision over the years of your life; and that you will regularly celebrate God’s work in your life.

Leviticus 20:2 Sacrificing Children

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Say to the Israelites: Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him. Leviticus 20:2

One of the commands that God gives the Israelites is to not sacrifice any children to Molek. It was a common practice to burn the child to get the favor of the false god, Molek. Neither the Israelite, nor the foreigner living in the land was allowed to do this detestable practice.

Since that time, the majority of the world is willing to accept that physically sacrificing children is not an acceptable practice, at least in word. Many nations have rules against sacrificing a child. Yet, the majority of the world does sacrifice children on a daily basis.

The first thing most believers think of when talking about sacrificing children is with abortion. In America, this had become an acceptable thing to the point, that today abortion is accepted for any reason at all, right up to the point of actual birth. This practice has even crept into the church as acceptable.

However, there is another also another method of sacrificing children that occurs daily in many homes, even Christian homes. It is the sacrifice of time spent with a child. For the same reasons that many children are aborted, many are left alone in the search for money, position, fame, or more. Children are left to be raised by the school, nannies, day cares baby sitters, or older siblings, rather than by the parent.

This is a type of sacrifice people make in order to make money or survive in life. Abortions are done out of fear and to survive in life, to make money, have fun. Not spending time with children is also sacrificing their lives for the same reasons.

God is a God of relationships of love. Love is spending time with others. If one is aborted or ignored, then there is no love and there is a sacrifice.

If you have children, NOW is the time to tell them that you love them. NOW is the time to take the time to spend time with them. Prove that you do love them, by spending time with them. Prove that you love by allowing your child to have life.

God is a God of life, not death. Are you allowing your child to have life?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people of all ages; that you will not sacrifice children or others for selfish reasons; that you will trust God to help you make the time for others; and that you will trust God to provide for your needs.

Leviticus 18:3 Don’t Do As They Do

Assimilation

You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. Leviticus 18:3

Adapting to the actions that people do is something that most people are very good at doing. A person gets around some new people and he very quickly begins to act as they do, regardless of what he originally believed or thought.

Foreigners travel into the USA on a regular basis to begin a new life in America. Over time, a person will still have some of his cultural habits from his original country still in him. While this is still there, he will begin to assimilate into the cultural actions and thoughts of an American. He will begin to do as the people he is living around does.

As the Israelites were in the desert, God told them not to be like the Egyptians, whom they had left, nor to be like those in Canaan, where they are going to. Both the Egyptians and those in Canaan were people who did not follow God. They lived according to their own desires in sin. The Israelites were to be different, to think, speak and act differently than the others in the world.

Believers today are to be the same way. No believer should live as he used to live prior to coming to Jesus. Nor should he act like those around him. Every thought, action and spoken word is to be patterned after those of Jesus. He is to be set apart, holy unto the Lord.

Not every believer is living like this. Many have adapted the ways of the world and brought into the church as though it is a good thing. When looked at, many believers and churches don’t look any different from the world, actively participating in sinful ways and beliefs, while claiming to follow Jesus.

In your own life, you must be careful not to adapt to the ways of the world. You must also turn from your old ways to live for God.

When you look at your own life, who do you look, act and sound like? Are you looking like the world around you? Or are you looking like Jesus, who has saved you from all of your sin, cleansed you and made you whole, set apart to be different?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers you; that you will live your life for God; that you will be set apart, holy unto God; that you will be a shining light of Jesus to this world; and that you will follow God with all of your life. 

Exodus 40:36-37 Don’t Move Till God Moves

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In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out: but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out–until the day it lifted. Exodus 40:36-37

The majority of people like to be on the move. They do not like sitting completely still and waiting in one spot for very long. In traffic, people will quickly honk their horns or get mad when someone does not move immediately after a light turns green. In the check-out lanes in a grocery store, people will jump to another lane, rather than stand for an extra minute.

For many people they feel if they are not doing something, they are failing or missing out on something great. They want to keep moving.

As the Israelites were traveling in the wilderness, God was leading them by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. They were to move only when the cloud had lifted from the campsite and began to move. If it did not move, they were to stay in place and keep waiting. During this time, they had learned to wait upon God for their next move.

There are many believers who have developed the attitude of the world, in that they must be continually moving. They often feel that if they are not moving at all, they are failing or missing out on something. In ministry work, many are quick to move forward with something, rather than wait upon God’s perfect timing to move forward.

While it is good to move forward, it is only good if it is in God’s time. There is purpose in stopping for a moment and waiting. God is always in the process of lining everything up to work together for His perfect purpose. Jumping ahead of Him, will not fulfill His purpose.

As you are going through life, there will be times God will guide you into something specific. Be sure to wait for His timing to move forward with it. Do not try to rush His purpose in your life.

Seek God for guidance and keep your eyes on Him for the perfect time to move. God will open the doors at the right time. Do not force the doors open before the right time.

God will guide you through the wilderness into the promised land, if you wait on Him and follow Him.

I pray today that you will see God’s leading in your life; that you will learn how to wait upon God’s perfect timing; that you will not move ahead of God, but walk by His side; and that God will reveal His steps for your life.

Exodus 32:8 Quick To Turn Away

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They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’ Exodus 32:8

Although most people do not really like change, they are also very quick to change. Looking at how society changes who they follow will show how rapidly things can change. There are celebrities who are followed by everyone today, and suddenly, within a short time, they are no longer the highlight of everyone, but someone else is.

What people follow changes almost daily. A big news article comes out about some event happening somewhere in the world. There is a big uproar about it for a few days, then suddenly, one no longer hears any more about it. There is a change of what is being followed.

God had done some great miracles for the Israelites right before their very eyes. When Moses went up onto the mountain to hear from God, the people suddenly changed from following God to following some idol. They quickly forgot what God had done for them.

Changing like this is still common to this day. People go to church, follow God, believe in God today. Suddenly things change in life and their focus is no longer on God, but upon something of this world. It is no longer God who supplies their needs, but it is the almighty job or money or something else.

This type of action even occurs inside the church with believers. Instead of relying upon God, they rely upon a person or some type of work inside the church. It is their hands that made things possible, not God. Their focus has turned to self or someone or something else instead of God.

Take a look at your own life and see where your trust is. Who or what is it you are following. Have you taken your eyes off of God and began to trust in the idols and other things of this world?

Do not be quick to turn away from God, but trust Him when He is silent. He is still working in your life. It is not the world or the things of this world that has brought you to where you are, but it is the hand of God. Don’t turn from God.

I pray today that you will remember what God has done for you; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will not turn to things of this world; that you will not allow idols in your life; and that God will be your God.