But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted. (Exodus 40:37 NLT)
One important thing as a child of God we need to understand that we never become stronger to live without God’s guidance.
Every time we do things of our own ignoring God’s will we become vulnerable – yet, thanks to His mercy that come and find us!
Nevertheless, when we are in wilderness it is our responsibility to wait on God to tell if we make a move or not irrespective of comforts or discomforts we have in that place.
The wilderness seasons are not an exception that we can’t do what we want to do, but it’s a training ground to perfect and practice the fear of the Lord – only to keep it for the rest of our life!
Joseph and Daniel were brought into a foreign land each in their time as mere slaves when they were young and able – but both chose not to rebel in their wilderness season and waited upon God.
God, Who knew how and when to make the right move – one day, made them to become second-in-command in that foreign nations because they learnt to fear God and resolved in their hearts never to leave Him!
This is God’s plan for everyone who dare to persevere to do His will in their toughest time.
So, if the cloud doesn’t move you don’t move; when it moves you move. It’s that simple!
I am only a foreigner in the land. Don’t hide your commands from me! I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word. I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations. Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I will keep them to the end. Psalm 119:19, 28, 30, 33
“If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses?
If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets near the Jordan? Jeremiah 12:5
There is none who can train like the Lord to the one who He has anointed, separated and appointed for His cause.
Such calling is great but the price is very steep!
Prophet Jeremiah in Old Testament had such calling. Apostle Paul in New Testament had such calling. These men were constantly picked up, constantly encouraged directly by The Lord Himself.
These men risked their lives, were often in near death, beaten brutally, went unconscious in dungeons, betrayed, mocked – all for one reason: they spoke what the Lord told them to speak without altering one word.
After all they went thru’, the normal human emotions expects pity, soothing words – but the Lord gave a pricking statement that made them to run far stronger than before!
What is this strange love for God! What is this extreme obedience for God!
Prophet Isaiah expressed it, our Lord Jesus exhibited it!
The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me, and I have listened. I have not rebelled or turned away.
I offered my back to those who beat me and my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard. I did not hide my face from mockery and spitting. Isaiah 50:5-6
What excuse can we have for our disobedience to His word? How hard is it for us to obey compared with these extreme obedience these men had?
Accept the way God does things, for who can straighten what he has made crooked? Ecclesiastes 7:13
All our effort will be in vain if God’s hand is not on it.
We can work hard, feel satisfied in doing the ‘right thing’ that we know again and again, but at the end we will only frustrate ourselves if we don’t quite down and find out what God want us to do about it.
Jesus had to curse the fig tree that refused to serve Him when He was hungry.
God had to pick David and reject Saul when he rebelled.
God’s Spirit moves swiftly and firmly making the decision and we shouldn’t act foolish to interfere/reverse what God is doing thinking we’re graceful or compassionate.
For who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to give him advice? Romans 11:34