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When my sons were small and just began to learn to walk, I would let their hands grab onto my fingers and lift them up. Then, I would slowly lead them forward with my fingers. After a few steps, I would stop and lower my fingers and they would sit down with that downward force. Then, we would repeat that again and again. Such simple motions helped them learn how to walk and stop.
After setting up the tabernacle and laying down all the laws about offering and godly living, it was time for the sons of Israel to learn how to walk and follow the Lord. The first part of today’s OT reading finished with all the preparation including celebrating the Passover in the wilderness of Sinai. Then, the sons of Israel began to move. The second part sounded like an instruction of how to move with God. “Whenever the cloud lifted from above the Tent, the Israelites set out; wherever the cloud settled, the Israelites encamped” (Nu 9:17). In essence, the instruction says “when I go up, you stand up and get ready to go. When I stop, you stop and get ready to camp. Don’t stop when I go, and don’t go when I stop”.
It may sound like childish instructions, but learning how to follow God needs to start from the most basic step. When he gives his sign for us to go, we should go without hesitation. When he gives his sign for us to stay, we stay without question. God does not want us to walk before him, and he does not want us to lag behind him either. It is like a child following his parent in a big mall, and any lapse in concentration could lead to his separation from the parent.
But we may ask: “how can I see the sign?” There is no other trick than keeping our eyes on the Lord all the time, just as the child keeping his eyes on the parent. The minute the child is distracted by the colorful toys, he puts himself at risk of getting lost. So, keep your eyes onto the Lord. There is no other way to follow him.
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