Break Camp or Stay

I have recently been infatuated with the Israelites and their journey through the wilderness. I was researching and trying to find any kind of Bible study that had to do with it. My search came up short so I decided that I would just study what the Bible has to say about it.. novel idea right? I know. Don’t judge me for not looking there first! Anyways, I began reading in Numbers where the first eight chapters talk about how the Lord was instructing Moses to prepare for this journey. Some of it was talking about building the tribes and how to do so and how many people to bring and then there was math and really high numbers…and then I skipped a few pages.. I know you do it to, so we can be friends. Then I came to chapter 9 where the portion of the chapter was titled “Receiving guidance for the journey.” I jumped into that and was blown away by the scripture I found that followed…

17 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. 18 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. 19 If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the Lord. 20 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. 21 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. 22 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. 23 So they camped or traveled at the Lord’s command, and they did whatever the Lord told them through Moses. Numbers 9:17-23 NLT

I have personally been going through a season… (a really long season if I am being transparent with you) where the Lord is teaching me to Stay Planted. This is not something in the past that I have done well with in any area besides my marriage.. PTL for that right! I am a dreamer. I feel like I have promises from the Lord. I am ALWAYS trying to press on to that and make it happen in my own timing. I get impatient. I question why the Lord would bring me to the place I am at, and how it could possibly be a part of His plan, because in my fleshly eyes it looks NOTHING like what I thought it would. That is where I come to this question and maybe you do too.. and we have a choice to make. Is He asking us to break camp or to stay?So often we Break Camp because we are uncomfortable or hurt or offended.. confused.. bitter.. mad (you can insert whatever it is here). We break camp while the cloud is still over this place we want to run from. We break camp before the Lord has shown us and taught us what He has for us there. We break camp, push on to the next thing in our own strength and power just to realize that we are at another camp site feeling the exact same way and the Lord is still trying to show us what He is wanting us to learn. In my own journey I have found that sometimes we break camp, move on to the next camp site only to look back and wish we would have stayed. UGH, let me tell you that is the worst feeling. BUT the Lord is faithful and He will not leave us or forsake us. If you have broken camp to soon, let me encourage you that He still sees you and knows exactly where you are at and in His loving grace and kindness He will once again meet you there.Sometimes we stay. Sometimes the cloud is FAR GONE but we are too comfortable to get up, break camp and move on. Sometimes we stay because deep down in our hearts we don’t trust the Lord will do what He says He will do. Sometimes we stay with the fear of being alone, the fear of being exposed, the fear of being forgotten or talked about or whatever it is we choose to stay when the Lord has said GET UP AND BREAK CAMP! I have moved on and I want you to come with me and trust me on this journey we are on together.After reading this passage this morning I find myself pondering what it is going to look like for me to stay. Do I trust Him that much to be uncomfortable in the places that I am in to stay with Him and let Him mold me and change me to be more like Him there? I don’t know what you are going through this morning but I would love to challenge you to ask yourself if there is an area of your life that He is asking you to either Break Camp or to Stay. Run to the Word for confirmation and let Him speak to you there. He will meet you at whatever camp site you are at.. I can promise you that.

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