Read Numbers 9
“Wait, that I may hear what the LORD will command concerning you” (v. 8).
Everything. Every thing went before the Lord.
Because He was the One who had instituted Passover. The One who’d constructed the Law. The One who had led the way. The One who would lead them through this wilderness.
Physically. Spiritually. Entirely.
So when a question about Passover arose among a few of the men, it was God’s call.
Every part about every thing was up to God.
Just as He had His sovereign say over who would offer the Passover sacrifice, who would be redeemed by the blood of the lamb, God the LORD would lead His people every minute. Every night time. Every day time. Every in-between time.
God Almighty led His people in the wilderness.
He led them by His glory. God’s presence in a cloud. In company a fire.
“At the LORD’s command they encamped, and at the LORD’s command they set out” (v. 23).
Sometimes I think how nice it would be to have God’s visible presence to lead me like the Israelites had. How awesome to just wake up in the morning, look out the tent window and see the God cloud sitting on the tabernacle and know that today we were staying.
It would be nice to have no question about where God is leading me. To have His very presence showing the way I am to walk today.
Then I remember, I do have His presence. The very Spirit of God gives life to my being every second of every day. When we confess Jesus as our Lord, He gives us His Spirit to lead us, to show us each step.
And, while we may not see His very visible presence, when we seek Him through His Word and through prayer, He leads the way. Not with a cloud that descends and turns into fire when night falls. But by His Spirit who descends in the hearts of those who offer their lives to Him and call Him Lord.