"WAITING FOR GOD TO MOVE"
9:22 "Whether it was two days, or a month, or a year, that the
cloud tarried ... the children of Israel ... journeyed not."
led the people of Israel through the wilderness with a cloud during the
day and a pillar of fire by night. This cloud and fire assured
them of God's presence and His protection from the Egyptians.
Yet, they never knew how long the cloud was going to rest in one spot
or when it was going to move again. They had to be ready to obey
God's sign of guidance and move when He moved and stop and wait
when He was being still.
This must have been a test to their faith and patience as it is
easier to trust God when things seem to be moving and we can see
something physical happening.
Today, we live in a very fast
paced world. Everything is drive through, fast food, and
microwave. Our time is limited and we feel like we do not have
moments to waste. We become very anxious when we have to stand in
long lines or wait on anything, and waiting on God is no
exception. Can you imagine Israel's plight? They were on a
journey that should have lasted eleven to fourteen days, but they
limited God and He kept them waiting on Him. After
forty years, their waiting must have become very frustrating to
This is a picture of our own life. Jeremiah 29:11
tells us that God has good thoughts towards us, to give us a future and
a hope. However, to reach God's divine purpose and fulfill His
perfect plan, we can only move at His command. We must follow as
He leads, one step at a time,
regardless of whether that means to go forward for a season or to stay
completely still until God moves again. In either case, it
is often difficult. When God says, "Go," we fear moving into the
unknown. And when He says, "Stay," we become anxious and our
faith begins to falter because we cannot see anything
happening. Today, we do not have a visible cloud to lead us, but
we have the witness of the Holy Spirit of God. Faith takes
action, but faith often has to wait. If we want to experience
God's greatest plan for us, we must move as we sense His presence
moving and wait patiently on Him when He tarries. +++