Wouldn’t it be great to have God’s pillar of cloud and of fire today? Israel was blessed to have this sign from God to guide them on their way. Wouldn’t you appreciate God’s sign in your life to guide you each day? I would, and the Holy Spirit is that pillar…
20 After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. 21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.
That which is symbolic or miraculous in Old Testament times is inherent in the indwelling of the Spirit of God in our lives. The Spirit is our guide. We shall live and walk by faith in God.
And that’s what it is. Faith.
We need faith to follow the cloud. Faith to follow the pillar of fire. Faith to follow that inner voice of God speaking to us.
It is powerful to me that neither the pillar of cloud nor the pillar of fire left Israel on their journey. God is faithful and consistent to lead us and care for us and never abandon us. He is ever-present as a pillar of fire, yet he is now resident in our hearts.
It would be easier if his presence was a pillar of cloud, though, wouldn’t it? Then we would be confronted with God’s presence each day. Now, we must seek God’s presence and welcome him in order to experience that presence of God. Even though he is resident within us, he does not force us to follow him.
That I would seek your presence every morning,
That I would walk in your ways,
And trust you by faith.
Thank you for leading me out of slavery to sin,
And toward the land of your promise…