“On the twentieth day of the second month of the second year, the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle of the Testimony. Then the Israelites set out…Then the Kohathites set out, carrying the holy things. The tabernacle was to be set up before they arrived…The ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest…he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied…” Numbers 10:11-12, 21, 33; 11:25
The presence of the Lord in the cloud and above the Ark of the Covenant led the Israelites on their journey through the Sinai.
What does it mean for us today to be led by the Lord and to live in his presence?
The Spirit of God, which rested on Moses, was placed on seventy elders, so they too prophesied. To be led by the Spirit as a community is to listen and obey God’s Word and Spirit and to seek his presence. When leadership teams practice this, they lead out of rest. When communities of faith are led this way, they too experience rest.
“Lord Jesus, you are my rest. Thank you for your Spirit within me, and for your invitation to seek your face.”