Topic: God’s Direction
Numbers chapter 10 tells us that the people of Israel departed Sinai on the 20th day of the 2nd month of the 2nd year. That means they spent about a year receiving instructions from God and building the tabernacle. If you think about it, they probably got a chance to rest as well. They had been slaves in Egypt and probably didn’t get much time to rest. So spending a year in Sinai working at their own pace was probably restful.
Chapter 9 tells us about the cloud that rest on the tabernacle. This cloud represents the presence of God. They were to stay put when the cloud rested and travel when it lifted. Chapter 9 verse 22 tells us that the people would remain for 2 days or a year, however long the cloud rested.
When the people would get ready to go they would sound a trumpet and each tribe would fall in line according to the plan. Each tribe had a standard, or flag, that they carried and followed. Can you see it? Hundreds of thousands of people, flags flying, and children laughing. All falling in line to follow where the cloud led.
We need to be like the children of Israel. We need to go when God says go and stay when He says stay. Unfortunately for us, God’s will isn’t quite as obvious for us as a cloud rising and falling! But, God will show us His will, through His word, prayer and wise council. We too can know when to move forward and when to wait patiently (maybe even rest!).
Make a family flag to represent your family. Then play a game where you follow the flag when it moves and sit quietly when it stops. Remind the kids that we need to follow God the same!