As I was engaged in my reading last night I came across a few scriptures that stirred something in my spirit. Exodus 40: 36-38 says, “But when the cloud was lifted up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on all their journeys; but if the cloud was not lifted up, then they would not journey further until the day it was lifted up. For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, but fire would be on it at night, in plain view of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”
As you look at your life, do you spend most of your time concerned about where you are ready to be or developing strength in the season you are in now? Due to the many unbearable challenges we face, we can be blinded from the powerful works of our Heavenly Father. When we look at this passage we find the Israelites would only journey when the cloud was lifted but remain where they were when the cloud was not lifted. I am pretty sure some of them could not stand following the cloud because they were never able to be comfortable.
Now this cloud represents the very presence of God hovering over His chosen people. It amazed me because to move when Gods says move and sit when God says sit takes discipline and obedience. We are a generation that demands to have things immediately only to find ourselves temporarily satisfied. God shows us here that his presence will dwell with us and satisfy us in every moment of our life as we commit to His ways. When we choose to move without the guidance of God we risk being left behind and sucked into an envious world, only to leave us lost and devoured by darkness.
While we are facing the facts of our current situation we must remember the God we serve will always provide a way and send comfort in our times of need. God's goal when He placed the Israelites in this strange land to be oppressed and enslaved was to bring them into a relationship with himself. He knows the plans for our future but He also knows our hearts. We are often put in strange territory to be molded and prepared for the journey ahead. Every desire of our heart will be fulfilled if we allow God to lead and guide us in every aspect of our lives. Through our obedience to His guidance, He develops us to conquer a rebellious world.
Don’t be impatient! Psalm 32:8 says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life, I will advise you and watch over you.” Release your worries and concerns about tomorrow to God and be led in peace. It disturbs me when a loved one leaps into something not properly equipped only to fall w/o any strength to fight. Understand that it is the love of God that gives us the valor and vigor to face any storm that comes our way. So I encourage you to develop patience in this season and know that God is with you preparing you for your destiny.
Our God is creative and infinite. He has no boundaries for the plans that are in store for His children.