Lingering with God

Do you follow the Lord’s lead on your life journey? Numbers 9:15-23 describes how the Israelites were instructed to follow the Lord based on His presence in the tabernacle. “Whenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterward the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel would camp (9:17, NASB).” They followed God’s lead for their journey through the wilderness. “Whether it was two days or a month or a year that the cloud lingered over the tabernacle, staying above it, the sons of Israel remained camped and did not set out; but when it was lifted, they did set out (9:22).”

It made me think about if we are willing to linger “two days or a month or a year” to wait on the Lord’s leading in our life. Sometimes when trials cause us to journey through the wilderness of life, we become impatient. We want things to change; we want to do something to change the situation. Yet we must be willing to linger longer, to wait on the Lord “two days or a month or a year” — whatever time the Lord requires. His wisdom, His view of our circumstances is far superior than our limited vision motivated by our impatience.

Like the Israelites, God has our best interest in mind. He desires what is best for us. He promised the Israelites he would lead them “to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey (Exodus 3:8).” Yet their impatience caused that generation to miss out on God’s good things: “Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it (Numbers 14:22-23).”

© 2021 CGThelen

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28

8 thoughts on “Lingering with God

  1. True, we are sometimes prone to try to “do something!” ourselves instead of waiting on God. Even in the little day-to-day busyness. I used to always meet with God in the same place every day – the loveseat in the living room. One morning after skipping my morning devotions for a few hectic days, I was rushing out of the house, and as I passed the living room I saw the light on by the empty loveseat, and it made me stop, tear up, and realize He was still there, waiting for me. I can’t say I was perfect after that, but as I’ve grown, I realize more and more … well, what you said. 😉

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