Exodus 40: 36-37 Whenever the cloud was lifted from above the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out through all the stages of their journey. If the cloud was not lifted, they would not set out until the day it was taken up.
It is good to have a schedule for every day, but even with that, be prepared to work with God’s schedule if it deviates from what you had originally planned. Working with God’s schedule was one of the first principles that God taught Moses and the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. They were taught to only move when the cloud moved and stood their ground when the cloud stopped. Implicit in that is that they were working with God’s schedule, not theirs.
Based on Exodus 40:36-37 there are two ways in which we can work with God’s schedule. The first is to linger where the Holy Spirit is moving; that means that If the Lord has impressed something on your heart, do not ignore it or run off and go do something else. Instead, write down what He is saying and explore it some more to see what else He is saying on the matter. it may be a song that he rests on your heart, linger right there as long as it takes.
Otherwise, if He places someone in your mind, it is then a good time to pray for that person. Working with God’s schedule requires us to linger where He is moving.
The second way in which we work with God’s schedule is not making any moves prematurely. Sometimes we linger for a while in His presence, but then make the mistake of moving on too quickly. Master the habit of only moving if God moves. Moses and the Israelites exercised mastery as it relates to this habit; the scripture said that “if the cloud was not lifted, they would not set out until the day it was taken up”. Exercise the same diligence in working with God’s schedule.
Life Application: Work with God’s schedule by lingering in His presence and discipline yourself to only move if He moves.
Prayer: Lord, I wait for you and your direction. Help me to remain still until you tell me to move. In Jesus’ name, amen.