Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. – Exodus 40:36-37
As Israel entered into a more personal, dependent relationship with God, He taught them some valuable lessons about submission. Throughout their journey from Egypt to Canaan and again in their wilderness wanderings, God purposely directed Israel. They only moved when and where He led.
In similar fashion, Christ-followers should understand that God is also directing the significant moves of their lives, and more. God’s sovereign direction affects even the most minor details of daily life, or at least, it should. We, as Americans, live in a culture that demands a busy lifestyle and while busy-ness is not bad, it can distract us from God-directed rest.
As Israel experienced the ebb and flow of life in their desert travels, we must learn to accept the ebb and flow of life as God ordains it. Sometimes it is good to stop and ponder where you have been, the truths you have grasped, how God has blessed, and where God is leading you next. Pauses have purpose, too.
The essence of wisdom, from a practical standpoint, is pausing long enough to look at our lives (invitations, opportunities, relationships) from God’s perspective, and then acting on it. – Charles Stanley