Exodus 13:21 The Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
One of the greatest blessings that God can give to a person is to experience His presence. The Bible has many scripture like “seek my face of God”. This means to seek to be in the presence of God– for more click here.
How amazing to be an Israelite departing from Egypt into the wilderness and see the presence of God manifest in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. What confidence to know that the Divine Warrior, Who brought Egypt to ruin, now went before them to lead them to the Promised Land.
It is sobering to live in the continual manifested presence of the Most Holy God. Today Disciples just like the Israelites in today’s reading, live every moment of every day “before the face of God.” May this lofty thought both comfort the afflicted and stir the complacent.
Disciples live in the presence of Triune God every where we walk. He knows every thought we have and action we take, His divine power and Word gives guidance for today and the future. A Yet we are not to live in fear as if God is trying to catch us doing wrong. Instead the Disciple lives by grace and perseverance in the presence of Triune God who loves us and wants the best in our life
God took the Israelites the long way to the Promised Land because He knew they needed to learn to trust God as they walked with Him daily. B It took 40 years to accomplish this. In the same way He often takes Disciples in an indirect path that may involve suffering and hardship over long periods of time as we learn to trust Him one day at time.
May I take the words of the psalmist to heart: “If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me”. C
Henry Luke 9/25/2017
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