“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.” (Numbers 9:19-20)
If you’re like me, you don’t like to wait. Nobody does, especially when it comes to receiving direction from God.
Israel’s years of wandering in the wilderness are a great example of why we need to wait on God. God’s people were not on a steady march for forty years. Their journey was a series of starts and stops. Sometimes life is like that.
Often we find ourselves waiting on direction from the Lord and wondering if it will ever come. We have a job opportunity in another city; should we take it? The pastor asks us to assume a leadership position at church; should we agree? You have been accepted at your two top colleges, but which one should you attend? We want answers and we want them now. But often God seems to have a stone ear. We’re ready to move; He chooses to wait.
Like the people of Israel waiting in the wilderness for God to tell them to move forward, if God is not moving, neither should we be moving. Let’s not be guilty of moving ahead when God tells us to wait. Numbers 9:21 says, “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.” Waiting for the cloud to lift meant adjusting their timetable to God’s timetable.
The clouds of indecision may be hovering over you today, but God will remove them in His own time. All you must do is trust Him and wait for Him to lift those clouds. He will do it, when it’s best for you.
By Dr. Woodrow Kroll
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