God is always moving. He is pulling us forward in toward our destinies. God never intends for us to remain in one place. You see this played out in the desert with the children of Israel. God led them with a pillar of smoke by day and a pillar of fire by night. When God stopped, the children of Israel set up camp. When God moved, the children of Israel packed up and followed after Him.
What’s interesting about this story (found in the book of Exodus) is that it was when GOD MOVED that the people moved. The people never moved unless God did.
The people never stayed behind while God went on ahead. They were always moving closer and closer to the place that God had promised for them.
Are you moving when God is moving? Are you traveling with Him as he is guiding you toward that which He has promised you?
Romans 8:14 (NLT) says:
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
One sign of being a follower of Jesus is being led by the spirit. This is the same as when the pillar of smoke or pillar of fire moved, the children moved with God. This is how we respond to the spirit of God.
If you have read through Exodus you know that there were times when the children of God wanted to stay where they were or go back to their life of slavery.
Exodus 16:1-3 (NLT) says:
16 Then the whole community of Israel set out from Elim and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin,[a] between Elim and Mount Sinai. They arrived there on the fifteenth day of the second month, one month after leaving the land of Egypt.[b] 2 There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron.
3 “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”
They wanted to return to the place that kept them in… bondage.
Maybe God is leading you through a dry time (wilderness).
Maybe you want to quit.
Maybe you think it would be easier to go back to a life of ignoring the guiding of the Holy spirit.
Remember…you would be returning to the very bondage that Jesus set you free from.
We need the spirit of God to move us through the wilderness of life. We need to trust that even when things don’t appear to be going good, His spirit is in control and guiding us.
Galatians 5:16 (NLT) says:
16 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
The only way to travel through the wilderness of life is to allow the Holy spirit to guide us to places that we may not want to go.
Only when we allow His spirit to guide us, then and only then will we reach our promise land.
In what ways have you felt this way before? Leave a comment below.
This week we are going to be talking about “How to start trusting Again”
Do you have people in your life that you don’t trust? Maybe someone that has hurt you or betrayed your trust and you are having trouble trusting that person again.