Are you holding up the line?

Scripture:
Next came the Kohathite division of the Levites, carrying the sacred objects from the Tabernacle. Before they arrived at the next camp, the Tabernacle would already be set up at its new location. – Numbers 10:21

Observation:
God gave specific instructions as to which tribe was to set out at the sounding of the silver trumpets. Judah and his two brothers were always to lead the way from the east side of the tabernacle. Then the Gershon and Merari sects of the Levites would follow then the Reuben and his two brothers. After all these sections had parted from the camp, then the Kohath sect would depart. The first two sections of Levi would carry the tabernacle and have it set up by the time the last section would come with all of the holy articles of worship. They’d be able to set up the sanctuary because the tabernacle would already be erected by the time they got there.

Application:
God always has an ordered plan as to who should be where and when. When each member of the body of Christ does its part at the time God tells them, then those that follow on will be able to do their part at just the right time. Our God isn’t just a God of order but a God of perfect timing. We need to learn to be obedient to the Spirit of God and listen for his instructions as to when to move, where to work, who to marry or not, or whatever the case may be. When we do so, we will be where God wants doing what he wants us to do. The preparatory work we do will make it possible for those behind us to be right where they should be doing what they should be doing. So, will you join me in listening for the Spirit’s guidance and then doing exactly what he tells us to do? We will make the lives of those coming behind us easier.

Prayer:
Father, please help me to do all that you’ve called me to do and when you’ve said to do it. I don’t want to be guilty of not doing what you require and thereby cause someone else to be out of timing in the grand scheme of things. There is nothing more frustrating at times than having to wait upon someone else to get there job done, so we can do our job. I understand grace and patience, but, Sir, there is something to be said for punctuality and promptness and attention to detail. It reminds me of those working on an assembly line. If one person gets out of rhythm during the manufacturing process, the whole line can be delayed and even shut down. Lord, I don’t want to be the one who slows down the operation of a brother or sister working to expand your kingdom. Help me to do my part. Thank you for your grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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