October 13, 2017

Numbers 9:22 ~ NKJV
“Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and would not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.”

Have you ever been traveling in a group and it feels like every five minutes somebody has to stop for something? That might be how the Israelites felt. God has promised them this beautiful land, but every few days they would have to stop and wait. I think for them, God was more interested in making sure their hearts were right with Him than how many miles they made in a day. Often, He does the same thing to us.
Sometimes it can be easy to get so caught up in the destination that we miss the journey. The people of Israel wanted to get to the Promised Land so bad that they weren’t focusing on the journey. The people complained about EVERYTHING you could possibly imagine. They lost the wonder of being free and being with God and starting seeing everything wrong with the process. There wasn’t enough water, the food tasted bad, who put Moses in charge anyway? On and on and on, there was no end to the complaining.
It is important to remember as we journey to our Promise to look for the good stuff. The journey might be long and it might be hard, but that just makes the Promised Land seem that much better when we get there. It’s not going to be easy, that’s the point. The process prepares us for the Promise. And we are going to make it one day, but we have to be patient through the whole journey and trust that God is in control and He knows what He is doing.

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October 10, 2017

Exodus 33:14 ~ CEB

“The LORD replied, “I’ll go Myself, and help you.””

At this time, God had just told Moses that it was time to leave Mount Sinai. I can imagine that must have been quite a daunting task for Moses. Leading them away from captivity to a place he had already been was one thing, but the Promised Land? Moses has never seen the Promised Land and he was trying to lead a group of people to get there. Do you see where that could cause a problem? Yeah, Moses did too, so he asked God to help him and God promised to be with Moses and the Israelites.

In this verse, God didn’t just promise to send a person with Moses like he did with Aaron. This time, God promises that He Himself would go with the Israelites and lead them. All Moses would have to do was follow God. It was like a team version of follow the leader. As long as Moses did what God wanted him to do, and the Israelites did what Moses told them to do, everything would go smoothly for them.

In life, we – as humans – cannot lead unless we are following. Everybody is following something or someone. It is up to us as people leading teams, families, ministries, or even our own hearts, to make sure as leaders we are following The Leader. If we start doing things our own way and trying to take shortcuts, we are going to get lost in the wilderness. But if we keep our eyes on God and only go when He tells us to go and only do what He tells us to do, we will make it to the Promise safe and sound.