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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Shall I Stay or Shall I Go (Num 9:17)

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

My reading this morning made me ask the question, “When I have to make a decision, do I ask God first and wait for His answer or make the decision that I think is right and then if all else fails, ask God?”

In Numbers 9, God is teaching the Israelites to always wait for His direction and follow His lead in every situation.


The Israelites decided whether to stay or go according to God’s presence in that place. If the cloud of God’s presence remained over the tabernacle, they stayed. If the cloud of God’s presence left, they would go, following God in all situations.


Numbers 9:17 And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped.


Lord, thank you for this reminder to make sure I’m seeking and staying in your presence. Whether I stay or whether I go in all situations always depends on how your Spirit is guiding me in that place. Lord, please give me patience to always wait for your direction relying on the cloud of your protection by day and the light of your fire by night.


Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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