“Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.” – Numbers 9:22 NKJV
The cloud was a sign of the presence of the Lord that would rest on the tabernacle. As long as the cloud was there, the people stayed and did not move. We see a similar cloud in Exodus 14 which separated and protected them from the Egyptian Army and in 1 Kings 18 with Solomon when a cloud filled the tabernacle.
The verse reminds us that it is imperative to follow the cloud of God’s Presence. When you leave the cloud, you become the leader in your life and must provide your own cover, guidance, and protection. This is more than a problem. It’s dangerous because it means you are vulnerable to all attacks and will not have any defense or protection. The problem is that God’s timing is unpredictable and requires our constant, daily attention. We must pay attention The cloud resembles his covering.
Meditation: Pay attention that you notice when God is moving.