I will bless Yahweh who advises me; yes, at night my innermost being instructs me.
I have set Yahweh before me always. Because he is at my right hand I will not be shaken.
Psalm 16:8 LEB
In Numbers 9:15-23 (please read below), the writer describes how the children of Israel followed the Cloud throughout their wilderness journey. Eight verses are used to repeat and emphasize the point of the significance of the pillar of Cloud by day, which became a pillar of Fire by night. The entire community had to be fully aware of its position and movement: when the Cloud stopped they would settle down and when the Cloud rose, they were ready to move. Day or night, winter or spring, for one day or for three years their signal to move was the Cloud.
I imagine that this awareness kept them on their toes (in a manner of speaking), they could not allow themselves to get too attached to any place but were always aware that the wilderness was not their final destination. If anyone had become complacent, they would have a hard time getting uprooted and ran the risk of being left behind, having to catch up with the crowd, they would perhaps have to rely on the marks in the sand left by the Cloud-followers, or they would have to listen and look for some other sign of the direction Israel had taken. But from this passage, I get the sense that these people were obedient in this one thing, and for forty years, the Cloud – a visual manifestation of the Presence of Yahweh, directed their steps.
As we go forward from this time of prayer (and fast), it is important to keep our eyes on our omnipresent Father, being aware of and paying full to attention to what He is doing “now”. The Word of Yahweh is there to instruct us, and we seek His directions through prayer. We can be sure that He is the guiding light to those He called and who are choosing to following Him with their whole heart, who do not take their cues from the world. There may be times on this journey, when we feel we are stuck in one place too long. But wait for the Cloud to move and in the meantime, be ready and waiting. At other times you may want an experience to last longer, but if He says it is time to go, then get up and move. He is our our light and salvation, He will guide and guard us.
Finally, always keep in mind that this present life is not the ‘end all’, our final destination is eternal life and our inheritance is the Kingdom of Yahweh. Everything in this earth is transient and therefore should not be held with such attachment that they distract us from move of the Holy Spirit as Yahweh carries us onward and forward. Be good stewards of what you have been given but keep your eyes on the Cloud, and know that there is a host of us moving together under His Cloud, until we all are gathered into the land of promise.
“Ready to go or ready to stay, ready to do HIs will”.
Read: Numbers 9:17-23 (see below)
Write: Are you sensitive to the move of the Holy Spirit? Would you like to become even more sensitive to His “move” or His “rest” commands? Write your desire about this subject as it speaks to you today.
Pray: Adoration, confession, thanksgiving and supplication
15 On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire. 16 That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire. 17 Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. 18 At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19 When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the Lord’s command they would encamp, and then at his command they would set out. 21 Sometimes the cloud stayed only from evening till morning, and when it lifted in the morning, they set out. Whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud lifted, they set out. 22 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. 23 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.