This morning I read these verses and immediately thought of how they apply to my life right now, not knowing what is ahead, not really knowing which way to go. The words, to me, fit perfectly with “The Gifts Of God For The People Of God.”
The question still remains. What if the only thing Jesus has to give us is Himself? Would we be satisfied?
Here we have the Lord Himself, not as bread and wine, but cloud and fire, not as sustenance, but as guidance and comfort.
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. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. Exodus 13:21-22 (NASB)
It was the Lord Himself, just the Lord Himself. That is all that they had. That was all that they needed.
This lesson was so important that it was repeated as the conclusion to Exodus.
Throughout all their journeys whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel. Exodus 40: 36-38 (NASB)
I’m asking myself, “What if my graphics and writing here are just steps towards ‘the next thing’ whatever that may be? What if the skills and experience that I’m learning now will help me journey closer to ‘the next thing’ and all of this will just gently fade away once The Pillar Of Cloud and The Pillar Of Fire are taken up and the Lord Himself revealed?”
Who would have ever imagined that this Pillar Of Cloud, this Pillar Of Fire would satisfy, guide, and comfort? And yet they do.