Has the Cloud moved?

Let me give you a context for this post: God Himself came down (through Moses) to deliver the Israelites from the Egyptians. He led them through the wilderness to a land He had promised to Abraham.

Now let’s read Numbers 9:21-22 (NKJV):

So it was, when the cloud remained only from evening until morning: when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they would journey; whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, they would journey. 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 not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.”

Have you ever lived the life of a nomad? Maybe because of work, you have to stay somewhere close to your office during the week and then go back “home” during the weekend. You are shuttling between these places so much that you don’t even have a “home Church” – on Sundays, you are in one Church and during the midweek service, you are in another Church. It’s not a great experience because you just feel unsettled.

Now imagine these children of Israel going through the wilderness to the Promised Land. The cloud will go before them and stop; they will set up camp. At any time, 2 days, one month, one year, the cloud will move and they will also have to move. How do you think they must have felt?

I was asking God, “Ahn ahn, why will You let them settle down only for 2 days? Wouldn’t it have been stressful (physically and emotionally) for them?” But then it dawned on me: these people had a destination – the Promised Land; why would you settle before getting to your destination?

Many of us have settled on our way to our destination (God’s plan for our lives). It may be getting too comfortable with that job when God intends for you to be an employer of labor. It may be reading journals when God’s plan for you is to touch lives through your writing.

So take a stock of your life today and check whether you have settled before reaching your Promised Land.

Something about not giving up

(photo credit: middletownbiblechurch.org)

Happy new year guys.

I’d get straight to it. Here’s a story about Isaac in Genesis 26: 19-22:

And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah. And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.

Here we see Isaac’s servants digging wells. They dug three and the Philistine herdsmen contended with them for two of them. The first thing that struck me in these verses is the persevering attitude of Isaac. Of course he must have felt disappointed but he kept at it. Water was a thing they needed to prosper – livestock depended on it and so on. So Isaac continued until he found fulfillment for his necessity.

Secondly, I saw something else. Look at this phrase in verse 22: “And he removed from thence”…So even in perseverance, wisdom is required. It is commonly said that “Madness is doing the same thing and expecting different results”. Yes, don’t give up but you may need to change your approach.

Food for thought:

Why do we give up on things that we need (especially from a Spiritual standpoint) and just ‘accept our fate’ rather than fight till we get it?

Life nugget:

Gen 26: 22 “…and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”