“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. 16That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire. 17Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. 18At 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. 19When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. 20Sometimes 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. 21Sometimes 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. 22Whether 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. 23At 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 9:15-23
We are reminded to remain in the hands of the Lord no matter what may happen. Numbers 9:23 states, “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.” The Israelites continued to be obedient and faithful to the Lord. As Scripture says, whenever the clouds move, we move; wherever the clouds settle, we settle. The clouds represent God, thus, regardless of the possible events that may happen, rain or shine, we should obey and follow God’s will that we may live an abundant life with Him. There are times when we fail to be alert that the clouds have moved and we are still unconscious of it. Relating this to Pastor Lyle’s teachings about the dangers of complacency, we ought to be watchful over ourselves not to fall into complacency. This is a common problem that we have to avoid or resolve at once – being too comfortable in the way we live that we unconsciously lose grasp on the Word; being proud of our attainments and God is set aside where in the first place, God should be the first. We must check with ourselves: “Am I in the will of God? Am I doing the things which are pleasing to God? Or am I complacent enough to lead myself away from God?” As what Pastor Erick has said, the most dangerous place is outside the will of God, we may choose to stay or to move on. By staying, we remain the same and may not grow in the light of the Lord but if we choose to move on and remain in the presence of the Lord, we are assured that our destination which God has prepared for us is better than the past. Although there are challenges, stressful events in our journey toward our goal, it strengthens our faith in God alone. He won’t allow His people to suffer from harm, indeed, He remains faithful to His people. May we encourage each other to stay under the cloud, to remain faithful in God’s Holy Word, to be always obedient and to abide by His commandments in Jesus’ name, Amen!
To God be all the glory, honor and praise!
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