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.

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Exodus 13:21 The Perfect GPS

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By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so that they could travel by day or night. Exodus 13:21

Traveling through an unknown area can be challenging. This becomes even more true when there is no direct road to take. The challenge becomes even much harder when there is no map to follow. Then a person must add on traveling through an area with very few people and no towns or cities. Traveling becomes almost impossible.

This is the type of traveling the Israelites had to go through when they left Egypt. They really didn’t know where they were going or how to get there.

Going through life is not a whole lot different then the Israelites traveling through the wilderness. No person really knows the path to take. There are too many different possibilities and too many different paths. At any moment the time to turn could come up. A person needs to be guided as to how to make it through this life.

Often people turn to others who have made the path to determine how to make it themselves. They seek advice from other people, which may be correct or incorrect. It may work or it may not.

God had chosen to lead the Israelites through the desert. He showed up as a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. He let them know when to start moving and when to stop, when to turn and when to go straight. This occurred 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All they had to do was look up and know where to go next in their lives.

Things have not changed since the Israelites have left, except God no longer uses a pillar of cloud or fire to lead a person. As a believer you can have God’s Holy Spirit guide you through this life. He now lives in you and is with you to guide you through this life.

God is willing to show you the path to take that is the best path to take. He will never steer you wrong. At any moment in your life God will let you know when to move, stop, or make a turn.

All you need to do is allow Him to guide you. Is God your guide?

I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will listen to God’s guidance; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that you will follow God all the days of  your life. 

Exodus 40:36-37 Following God’s Lead

“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 life, they did not set out–until the day it lifted.” Exodus 40:36-37

Once the Israelites had the tabernacle built and all the furnishings put in it, God’s presence came upon it in the form of a cloud. God would begin to lead them by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire during the night. They would break camp and start moving only when the cloud would lift from the tabernacle. That was God’s sign for them to start moving on again in their travels. If the cloud did not move, they would not move.

Everywhere you go, you will find people who claim to follow God. They will go to church every Sunday and do not doing any acts that are extreme sins on purpose. They appear to be really good Christian people. Yet, they are not always going where God is trying to lead them.

Few believers actually seek God for direction in their day-to-day life. God’s direction is sought only when things get rough and there is trouble in the path. Most people think that they understand the path God has them on.

As a human your vision is very short. It is only what is immediately in front of you. You cannot see around the corner. Only God can see what is ahead. Often people get a vision from God and then run ahead of Him to get it fulfilled.

The Israelites were given a vision of going into the land of Canaan, yet they were not to do so for many years. They had to wait upon God’s move for them to move forward.

Every moment of everyday you should be seeking God’s direction. You need to be walking by His side, not Him trying to keep up with you. Only when God moves, should you move.

When do you decide to move?

Is it on your own experience?

Or is it when God begins to move?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; that you will not move unless God is moving; that you will follow in the footsteps of God each day; that God will guide your every step by His Holy Spirit; and that you will remain on the path God has for you.