Now the children of Israel moved on and camped in Oboth. And they journeyed from Oboth and camped at Ije Abarim, in the wilderness which is east of Moab, toward the sunrise. (Numbers 21:10-11)
After the incident involving the fiery serpents, the children of Israel continued on their journey going from place to place. In other words, life went on. It’s easy for us to read about their journey and think that most of what is described for us happened within a short timespan thus making their life extremely active and, dare I say, exciting. But the reality is, not every day was at the foot of a mountain which quaked and burned with fire as the Almighty descended upon it. Not every day was filled with the drama of the latest rebellion or misstep. Most days were spent gathering and preparing food; instructing children and tending to daily chores — just living life.
And so it is with us all. Life can be dotted with special times and dramatic circumstances but, viewed as a whole, most of life is defined by our day to day routine and the challenges it presents to us. Through it all, though, we know that our Father in Heaven is with us to lead, provide and protect us just as He was with the children of Israel. Granted, their circumstance was a bit more extreme that what most of us have to deal with, nevertheless, the point He was making with them — and with us — is that He is our source for everything. There isn’t a situation that He can’t handle and it is our duty to learn that, believe that and hold fast to it.
Today, most of us don’t have to break camp and move to the next station but all of us do go through stations and seasons in our life whereby we are called upon to trust Him for our every move. As we do, let us remember some very important truths revealed in the Scripture. First of all, in the words of David, though some will trust in the power of man and his might, “We will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7). In the spirit of that declaration, let us remember what He has declared to us. Whether in the midst of drama or the mundane, Yeshua promised this to all who believe in Him: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Blessings and Shalom,