Numbers 9 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional

“Whether it was two days, a month, or longer, the Israelites camped and did not set out as long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle. But when it was lifted, they set out. They camped at the L_rd’s command, and they set out at the L_rd’s command. They carried out the L_rd’s requirement according to His command through Moses.” Num 9: 22-23

While I was traveling around the world in a Christian rock band, I stumbled into some really interesting situations and met some amazing people. One such encounter happened at the United States Air Force Academy in Colordo Springs, CO.

Our concert at the Academy happened to fall on the induction weekend for the new Academy plebes. Shortly after our band’s soundcheck, an upperclassman gave me the “psssst..” sign. I inclined his invitation. After we walked around the corner, he asked, “You want to see something cool?” Of course I did! He led me to the projection room of a theater where they were “hazing” the underclassmen.

Then, abruptly, the hazing stopped and they began projecting patriotic and battlefield images onto the theater’s movie screen. This group of sleep-deprived and thoroughly hazed late-teens went wild! The energy and patriotic fervor was quite remarkable. The upperclassmen were reminding the newbies of America’s tradition of military superiority, and exactly why the “United States” are worth fighting for.

The book of Numbers describes how G_d regimented Israel into a disciplined nation. After the tabernacle was assembled and the Levites consecrated, the L_rd’s first command was for Israel to remember. They were to observe the Passover. Adonai knew that Israel’s remembrance of their slavery, their bitter tears and His deliverance, was imperative to make their wilderness “boot camp” endurable.

An interesting phenomena occurs in boot camp: All personal identity is diminished and the “company” identity develops. Everyone gets the same haircut, the same uniform and endures the same hardship. Nobody has a predictable sleep or eating schedule. It makes no sense, except that everyone goes through it, together…and that’s how war is. G_d generally chooses to bond His people through adversity.

Adversity produces better followers than miracles…because the individual learns to depend on the voice of the leader, and the members of their community.

Take a moment to remember life before your personal deliverance through Yeshua. Now, commit yourself afresh, to trust & follow Him wherever, whenever and however He leads. Knowing the Lord has a plan and He always chooses rightly.

~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Shuvah Yisrael
Daily Devotional, Friday, May 16, 2014