An important part of exercising authority is telling the group one leads when to start and when to stop. As God led Israel through the wilderness, He used the cloud of His presence to indicate starts and stops (Num. 9:15-23).
Today believers have the Word of God to guide them through life. Yet even so, we still need wise leaders who have a good sense of timing for when to get something started and when to bring a halt to activity.
Nowhere is this more true than in the workplace. Every organization is on a journey. To successfully surmount the ups and downs of organizational survival and growth, business leaders need sensitivity to timing: when to press forward, when pull back, when to stay put.
Likewise, each of us as individuals needs to be sensitive to timing in our own professional and personal lives: when to look for a new job or career, when to stay put where we are, how long to keep working, when to stop and rest.
God was the Israelites' guide. Is He ours? Do we follow the basic guidelines of His Word and then make wise, responsible choices?