Daily Devotional – 8/15/18 “Stay under the cloud!”

Bible shares in Numbers 9:15-23, “On the day the Tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered it. But from evening until morning the cloud over the Tabernacle looked like a pillar of fire. This was the regular pattern—at night the cloud that covered the Tabernacle had the appearance of fire. Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the LORD’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the LORD. Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days, as the LORD commanded. Then at the LORD’s command they would break camp and move on. Sometimes the cloud stayed only overnight and lifted the next morning. But day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and moved on. Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on. So they camped or traveled at the LORD’s command, and they did whatever the LORD told them through Moses.”

Some of you are fed up with religion yet you show up Sunday after Sunday out of repetition only to leave still rebelling. Some of you are sick of hearing “God will do it if you hold on,” and you grin and bear it although you’ve been holding on until your hands are tied. Some of you have decided today is the day you give up on everything and everybody because you have tried everything and everybody and nothing is working. Well, it may be because you are moving without the cloud. You are breaking camp when God has not told you to move. You are setting up camp in places God has not told you to dwell. You are moving without the cloud. In other words, you are outside of God’s will. Go back. You are outside of God’s will. Go back and admit your mistake(s). You are outside of God’s will. Go back, admit your mistake(s) and apologize. You are outside of God’s will. God back and forgive. You are outside of God’s will. Go back, forgive and move on. You are outside of God’s will. Go back, forgive, move on and be happy. Stay under the cloud beloved.

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