Numbers 9: Growing Towards Obedience to God
In Numbers chapter 9, we are greeted with some very interesting thoughts about Passover. However, as it seems to be the case most of the time, the last verse of this chapter really caught my attention.
Num 9:23 At the commandment of the LORD they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the LORD they journeyed: they kept the charge of the LORD, at the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
The nation of Israel was operating entirely on the will of God. When God told them to move, they moved, and when He told them not to move, they didn’t move. God told Moses what to do, Moses told the people what God had said, and everyone was obedient.
I know that I wish, and I assume that I’m not alone here, that I was always this responsive to whatever God wants me to do. It is easy for me to try to rationalize and say that it was so much easier for the Israelites because they literally had God talking to them. Of course, if I had that type of proof, I would never stumble and would always follow the will of God.
However, that really isn’t much of an excuse for anyone. We have the Holy Spirit literally living inside of us, and having one part of God is just as valuable as having any other part (even though they are three distinct parts that are really all one part). The fact is that it is that we do have God with us, and the Holy Spirit will help guide us towards right decisions.
2Ti 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
2Ti 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
The Holy Spirit will help us stick to the word of God. It will help us make the decisions that we really ought to be making. It will lead us away from the things of the world and toward the things of God.
I think that we are a pretty privileged people. Even though we don’t always give God the obedience that we should and like the Israelites apparently did at this specific time in their history, He still loves us and wants us to be closer. As we grow closer, we will become more attuned to His will and live as better testimonies for Him.