On Command

PillarOfFire (2)“At the LORD’s command they encamped, and at the LORD’s command they set out.”

Think of the phrase “on command” and it might bring to your mind several things: an obedient dog following his master’s instruction; a finely tuned military unit in action.

In the book of Numbers, the phrase “On command,” or more specifically, “At the LORD’s command,” means something altogether different.  It describes the way the Israelites traveled through the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land.

Four thousand years later, how do we travel through our own spiritual wilderness?  I hope you can say it is the same way.

To travel at “the Lord’s command” does not mean we sit waiting to hear some booming voice from the clouds before we take any forward action.

It does mean though having an openness; an attentiveness, and a responsiveness to God’s call.

I hear people often struggling with the issue of spiritual discernment.  No matter how they express it, it all comes down to this: “What does God want me to do?”

I remind them that the answer may be found in doing as the people of God have always done: patiently wait for direction.

There are times to camp.  There are times to be on the move.

Watching and listening for God’s command will help you to decide when to do which.

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