Are you following the Lord’s direction or just turning down whatever path appears?
In the Book of Numbers, the Scripture describes how the Israelites followed the Lord when they were in the desert: when the cloud of the Lord settled over the tabernacle, the people remained in camp and when it lifted, they moved to follow it.
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. At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses. (Numbers 9:22-23 NIV)
I think about how hard that must have been, when they were just waiting for the cloud to lift. I am sure they had times when they wanted nothing more than to move on, but the cloud had not moved – or when they were content in the place they were, but the Lord kept moving them. They did not have a choice; they had to follow the Lord.
As with so many things in the Bible, what happens physically in the Old Testament becomes metaphorical in the New Testament. Our choices may not be geographical, but we have plenty of other choices that confront us. Do I stay in this job or change jobs? Do I date this person or that person? Should I be focusing on getting married, or spending more time in volunteering? I’ve often wished that I had such a clear sign from the Lord.
The reality, though, is that we do have clear signs from the Lord, if we wish to heed them. We have the Scripture, the Church, and the Holy Spirit to direct us. When those three things combine, we can know that we are moving in the right direction.
Next month, we are starting our study of Proverbs. This is a book of wisdom, teachings from King Solomon to his people to instruct them in the right way to go. As Scripture, it is God-breathed and meaningful for us today. Being familiar with God’s word gives us a firm foundation so that we can confidently move in the way that he has already determined for us to go.
Are you facing a decision or a choice in your life? Then I encourage you to come join us next month for our daily reading of Proverbs! Trust me: I can guarantee that you will be the better for being more familiar with these teachings!