As if Moses didn’t have enough to do, read these two first verses of Numbers 33 to see a rather dull command he followed:
“These were the stages of the Israelites’ journey when they went out of the land of Egypt by their military divisions under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. At the Lord’s command, Moses wrote down the starting points for the stages of their journey; these are the stages listed by their starting points:” Numbers 33:1-2 HCSB
From verse 3-49, the review of these stages and starting points include 42 campsites. That means this nation of people together moved 42 times over a 40-year period. Go ahead and pause. Just try to get your mind wrapped around that. I’m just going to sit here and shake my head for a moment.
Ready for a different thought? As I read this review, I thought about my stages and starting points. First, I thanked God it hasn’t been 42, only 6-if you’re counting only cities, that is. Actual “campsites,” something like 15. Like in this Numbers 33 review, some stages had some notable events where God’s work in my life/community can be seen. These events are worth remembering, worth learning from, worth being grateful for.
- Winchester, Tennessee-where I was born and was given the foundation for life from parents of faith in the God of these same Israelites
- Gadsden, Alabama-where the importance of a church community was illustrated to me, in particular when my dad died
- Thomasville, Georgia-where I began the journey into adulthood and watched my mother model courage and faithfulness
- Pensacola, Florida-where my college work gave me the opportunity to personally mature in following God through my own convictions
- Jacksonville, Florida-where my various career moves showed God’s patience, wisdom, and guidance
- Bradenton, Florida-where God continues to reinforce that the best place in life is right where He has placed you
Where has God been in each of your stages? Take a review. Go ahead and pause. Get your mind wrapped around that. I’m just going to sit here and nod my head for a moment.