S- Num 9 NIV
The Cloud Above the Tabernacle
15 On the day the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant law,was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire.16 That is how it continued to be; the cloud covered it, and at night it looked like fire.17 Whenever the cloud lifted from above the tent, the Israelites set out;wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped. 18 At the Lord’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 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.
O - what a visual example the cloud and fire over the tabernacle gives this, of how God lead, and how his people followed him. The picture Given, what is their reality how they knew God was with them, I. E. They physically could see his presence over-the-tent. And they knew when to move when the cloud lifted and moved, in the new went to settle, when the clouds settled on the tabernacle.
A- The applications for me is to recognize I won’t have a physical representation of God‘s presence in the leadership of my life. However it makes it no less true that God is with me. In the old testament Israelites needed this cloud and pillar of fire so they would follow. God knew even despite their experiencing being set free from slavery through many miracles, the people were still too immature to follow him all the days. Well today I have the benefit of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior to in sure I know who it is that I am; that I simply seek with the Holy Spirit is doing in me, follow Jesus where he is leading me, and put my trusting God knows the best way for me.
P - dear heavenly father, thank you for this word, may it be sealed to my heart. Lord I repent for all the times that I have not followed you, when your Holy Spirit was prompting me, when I forgot who I was, And sought out my own ways.