February 9, 2011
“15 On the day the tabernacle, the Tent of the Testimony, 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.”
How easy it is for many of us to move away from the cloud of God’s glory. Many of us leave our hometowns, jobs and even our family and friends just because they offer a little more money on the other side of the bridge. Many of us take promotions; even engage in relationships…all without the blessing of God’s glory.
The Tabernacle was the place where God manifested His glory; the children of Israel marched from one place to the other around this tabernacle. The tabernacle itself was not a glorious construction compared to the buildings of other cities. It was not an impressive place; however, every aspect of the Tabernacle pointed directly at Jesus. The Tabernacle itself was not the deal; it was the glory of God that made it special.
We must develop a life addicted to God’s glory, where His glory is centered. We must stay or go according to His glory and not circumstances. The glory of God is priceless, the glory of God is power, the glory of God is love, provision, victory; it is the blessing needed and much, much more! The glory doesn’t follow you, but you follow the glory. That is the order; the way to go.
As we continue to read the end of Numbers, chapter 9, we notice that sometimes the cloud will move in a day or in months. It was not a specific time frame; it was all in God’s will. We never really know when the next move is going to be, however, we do know when it is time to move.