Date: June 16, 2014
Scripture: Exodus 40:33-38
Verse: Whenever the cloud rose from the dwelling, the Israelites would set out on their journeys. But if the cloud didn’t rise, then they didn’t set out until the day it rose. (Exodus 40:36-37)
When traveling with our youth on a mission trip or to go to a concert or another event, we often form a caravan of several vehicles. This sounds simple enough, but often it is not. There is usually one vehicle that wants to push ahead, while another is uncomfortable and lags behind. Getting 4 or 5 vehicles to all travel at relatively the same speed can be a challenge, but things go much better when we stick together.
When fleeing slavery in Egypt and heading toward the land God had promised them, the nation of Israel not only had to travel together, they had to travel at the speed of God who was leading them as a cloud. There were times when they wanted to push ahead — forty years of traveling in the desert must have been terrible. There were other times when they wanted to stay, either because they were relatively comfortable or afraid of what might lie ahead. As the book of Exodus closes we find Israel trying desperately to follow God’s lead — moving when the cloud moved, and staying in camp when it did not move.
In each of our walks with God, we too need to be sensitive to the moving of the Spirit of God. There are seasons when God is calling us to sit and wait, and other seasons when he is calling us to move and do, despite our comfort or fear. To know where He is leading us, it is best to stay in constant communication, and doing devotions and Bible reading every day is a great place to start.
Prayer: Gracious God, make me sensitive to your moving, and give me the courage to travel at your speed along my life’s journey. Amen.
Action: Be mindful of speed limits today. Are you ready to rush ahead or lag behind?
Respond: Is there a road you think has the wrong speed limit (either too fast or too slow)?
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