Decisions in life can be difficult if not nerve-racking. It doesn’t need to be so. Let’s learn from how God guided the Israelites to the promised land after they left Egypt.
Numbers 9:15-17 On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law, was set up, the cloud covered it…Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped.
We may not have a cloud to follow now, but we have something better – the Holy Spirit. We need to rely on Him daily in whatever decision we are struggling with. What if we desperately want to move on but God doesn’t show us what to do next? This brings us to the question of timing. We read that:
Numbers 9:22 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.
We are to follow God’s timing. God doesn’t make mistakes and knows what’s best for us. The Israelites were alert to watch the cloud. If it moved, they moved. If it stayed, they stayed. Even if the cloud stayed for one day or one year, they stayed put. Similarly, we are to keep in touch with the Spirit’s guidance and follow God’s timing.
This partnership with the Spirit reminds me of a dance. If my partner moves her left foot forward, I react by moving my right foot backwards. When she turns her body, I turn with her. Why? To keep the dance going. If I move haphazardly wherever and whenever I want, the dance is destroyed, the connection is broken. You got to follow the Spirit.
Let’s imagine you hate your work. And everyday, you’re scouring for new job opportunities so you can jump ship as soon as possible. But something deep inside tells you: God isn’t moving yet. If God isn’t moving you to another place, you have to stay where you are. It also means that God is right there with you through your difficulties. Can you trust God’s leading?