We are reading the Bible through together this year, using the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan published by the Navigators. You can download it free of charge from: https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/
Today’s 4 readings are: Matthew 21:23-32; Romans 1:1-17; Psalm 49, Numbers 1-2.
Numbers 2:1-2 Is a most wonderfully graphic illustration of what it means to have God at the very center of your life.
No matter what direction geographically each tribe of Israel was facing, they were ALL to be facing the “tent of meeting” – the place of God’s presence – in the very center. They were to camp all around it – facing inward toward it.
The 3 tribes on the south, would be facing north toward the Tabernacle. The 3 on the west would face east, the 3 on the east face west and the 3 on the north face south. But all 12 were oriented NOT according to the map, but according to the Tabernacle. The final effect was, no matter which way they situated, the Presence of the Lord in the Tabernacle was always at the center.
How about you? Is this how you orient your life? Regardless of your career, irrespective of your family situation, regardless of your financial or social status – do you camp, do you reside, always facing the place of God’s presence? Looking always toward Him? Is He always at the center?
This is the great need among us. They could have all had their tents pitched all around the Tabernacle, but still not been facing it. It is not enough to say that Christ is simply at the center – we must be truly facing Him, seeking Him, looking to Him at all times and in every encampment or situation.