Friday, June 18, 2021

FMF: Lift

When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. 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. 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.  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.  At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out.
(Numbers 9:19-23a, NIV)

In trying to follow God's will for my life, I have found that He has sometimes led me places I don't entirely love.  I have remained at jobs for longer than I wanted because that was how God was providing for my family during those days. I have delayed from doing things I felt I should do because there was no way for it to happen, and then one day, God made a way. God's timing doesn't always make sense. Why did the Israelites camp some places only one night and camp other places for longer periods of time?

Ultimately, it doesn't really matter why.  It's not too different from young children who bombard their parents with "but whyyyyyyy?"


God's "because" doesn't give me the warm fuzzy feeling I want from my faith, but I don't recall reading about warm fuzzies in scripture.

And in Numbers 9, we see the mysterious nature of God.  The God who sometimes settles His Spirit and sometimes lifts it up.  It is our job to keep watching.  And to follow.

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  1. Great post! I love how you were able to tie in Scripture with the prompt. How hard it is to wait on the Lord, or to move with the Lord!

  2. I agree, it is hard to wait on God's timing, especially when we don't understand what he is doing, but we are called to follow.

  3. it is true that God doesn't answer our questions at times, but I am so grateful that He always works things out for our good and His glory (romans 8:28) and He is fully trustworthy. xo

  4. Why this is, I wish I knew,
    for cancer hurts past rhyme and reason,
    neck tumours are turning blue
    in their growing season.
    Why this is, don't comprehend,
    but it sure really is,
    and I don't want my life to end,
    not with this hard pop quiz
    that asks a question, simply put,
    "Have you faith here to believe?
    You have words, but in your gut
    is there gumption to receive
    the Garden's silent night-time answer
    for the Cross, and for your cancer?"

  5. a different - but much needed - lesson in trust and obedience. I need to learn to trust more and whine less.

    Visiting from FMF #31