Exodus 40: 36 – 38
In all the travels of the Israelite’s, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out.
For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
After the Israelites had escaped the captivity of Egypt (where they had been held as slaves for hundreds of years), they found themselves wandering around in the wilderness for 40 years. It would be easy to assume that they wandered aimlessly, as if not knowing where to go or where to stay. Yet this is not the case. The book of Exodus explains how the Israelites spent 40 years being led by supernatural means; a pillar of fire by night, and a cloud during the day.
It must have been wonderful to have such a clear signal from God to Go! Or Stay!
It’s clear from scripture that God wants to lead us, and guide us.
Proverbs 3: 5 – 6 says:
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.’
Psalm 119: 105 tells us:
‘His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light to our path.’
These are just a few verses which compliment this truth that God wants to lead and guide us. For the Israelites they had a very real and tangible sense of His presence as their guide.
If we ponder upon this very real and wonderful time in history where God appeared to His people in the form of a cloud and fire it truly is amazing. Yet does it not say in 2 Corinthians 3 that the ministry of the Holy Spirit will be even more glorious?
Should we not then sense the guidance of God in a more special and real way than the people of Israel did with a cloud and fire? Of course, The Word and The Spirit is our cloud and fire, our guide and compass, our stay! Or Go!
How closely do we walk with Jesus? How well do we know His Word? How much do we walk in step with the Spirit?
If we truly understood what it was to walk in step with the Spirit we wouldn’t need the cloud and the fire. Is God our guide? Do we wait for His signal to Go! And do we humbly and patiently wait when He seems to be hanging around?
In closing, I absolutely love that verse 38 tells us that this was ‘throughout ALL their journeys.’ Not some. Not most. ALL! Wow! Think about that for a moment. God, the creator of the Universe, the one who is the Alpha and the Omega, the one who know’s the beginning of all things to the end of all things, wants to lead and guide you. That’s right, you heard me correct, He wants to. ‘He wants to lead you in paths of righteousness for His names sake.’ (Psalm 23:3)
My hope and prayer for all who read this is that you would grasp this wonderful truth that God wants to lead and guide you in all your journeys.
Author: Luke Evans