Cloud of Glory
Amazing how God uses His creation to get our attention. I read this morning how Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting when the cloud of the glory of the Lord descended into it. As long as the cloud was there, Moses had to stay out.
But when the cloud lifted from it, then the people commenced to travel. The cloud was always with them, day and night. Whether they traveled or camped out.
What might that be like? Not knowing your destination. Not knowing if you will be in the campground again tomorrow, next month, next year, or moving on in the morning.
If you lived in a tent, had minimal stuff (unfathomable for most of us), and strong legs, this adventurous life could be interesting. Some people around the world live this way now. It’s just a way of life. As an eternal tourist, I think I would be eager to see what is around the bend.
Do you suppose the pioneers who migrated across the U.S. in wagons felt this way? Actually, some of their diaries are full of the wonders of the land. Yes, it was hard, but they picked the flowers along the way.
Life is certainly full of surprise. We don’t know what is coming and sometimes, I think that is just as well. But maybe other times it is good to read the signs of the times to know where we stand. Especially if we must stand firm against an evil tide. The unknown can hold dangers and we must prepare. The point is: be vigilant.
Just as the Israelites had to do, we must depend on our God to lead us in the way we should go. Even through those unknown dangers, He goes with us. We may not see Him in a cloud the way the Israelites did, but He has ways of letting us know of His presence. He promises that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We can trust in the security of His care for us.
Hard as it is to conceive, this earth is not our home. We read it. We hear it. We even say it. But can we imagine it? Only one has come back from the dead to tell us what our real home is like. For now, though, we are still traveling. We still can’t see the way, but we know our journey is urgent.
We must keep the prize before us: our reward is with Him in heaven. He is ultimately leading us that way.