“Now whenever the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out on their journey, following it. But if the cloud did not rise, they remained where they were until it lifted.” 40:36
What a beautiful ending to an incredible book. We read along as the Israelites went from slavery in Egypt, to impatient wanderers in the wilderness, watched Moses mediate their position with God and finally, here we are at the end of their pilgrimage.
What part of the story are you in?
Are you still enslaved in sin? The rescuer has already come, the Pharaoh of slavery has already been defeated.
Are you wandering the wilderness? Every day is hard and unexpected. You’re struggling to follow along, depending on the spiritual strength of the leaders around you. You feast on the daily manna, desperate for God’s provision in this season of unknowns.
Are you working on building the Temple? Up to your elbows in good, hard work that drains all your resources. Some days it feels daunting, like maybe you’ll never finish. You don’t feel qualified enough for this, but every day you’re amazed at the progress you make working alongside God’s builders.
Or are you in a season of waiting? Your life seems still. Your hard work complete. You pull the curtains back and peer out the window, seeing if the cloud of God’s presence is leading you elsewhere? Be all in, wherever you are, until he starts leading you elsewhere.
Whatever part of the journey you’re on, the Israelites have really taught us a lot. Let’s learn from them and be obedient, patient followers who trust him. He always has a plan, he always provides and he always rescues. Even if it feels like you’re wandering around in circles in the dessert.