19 When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order and did not set out. 20 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. 21 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. 22 Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. 23 At the Lord’s command they encamped, and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.
You may ask what is the cloud that remained over the tabernacle? The cloud is the presence of God with the Israelites. So it should be no surprise the Israelites obeyed the Lord’s order as they knew it was from Him speaking through Moses as noted in the last verse above.
It is interesting to consider no matter how comfortable or uncomfortable they were when the cloud stayed over the tabernacle they stayed and did not move until the cloud lifted. When the cloud lifted they moved, they did not complain (or if they did we are not told), they simply obeyed.
Would that we would do the same. Wait! you might say, we do not have Moses nor God’s presence as the Israelites did. You would be right on the specifics, but you would be wrong otherwise. Jesus very specifically told us what the two greatest commandments were and are when asked about the greatest commandment.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
And further to His disciples and followers (including us) He said
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Beyond that we have prayer and James had this to say about prayer and seeking God’s will in our lives
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Jesus went further when He said,
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them
Notice how encompassing His statement is anything and anyone. No exceptions. None, none at all.
It’s Monday and I hope you have a Great Week and think on Jesus’ commands and how you can seek God’s will in your life via the scriptures and in prayer while forgiving anyone for anything.