On the day the tabernacle, the Tent of the Testimony, was set up, the cloud covered it. From evening till morning the cloud above the tabernacle looked like fire.
Whether the cloud stayed over the tabernacle for two days or a month or a year, the Israelites would remain in camp and not set out; but when it lifted, they would set out. At the Lord’s command they encamped and at the Lord’s command they set out. They obeyed the Lord’s order, in accordance with his command through Moses.
The children of Israel followed God in a pillar of fire. When the pillar of fire moved, they moved and when it stayed, they stayed. Sometimes I think they had it so easy. Think about it – clear, powerful evidence of God right in front of them and all they had to do was follow. But the children of Israel had the same problem that many of us have today – they wanted to go their own way. It’s hard to imagine why some of them would think – “yeah this fire is pretty amazing and it’s going that way, but this way over here looks like more fun, and you know what? I think I’d rather not have God at all, this golden calf looks cool.”
Would it really have been easier to follow God back then? When I’m tempted to think so, I remember the gift God has given us as believers in the time after Christ—the Holy Spirit inside of us. And He has given us plenty of other ways to know his will, like reading the bible, listening to other believers, and prayer. It might be easier to ignore the little voice inside you (as opposed to a pillar of fire) but God will help you to find Him if you seek Him.
Dear Lord, thank you for Your patience with us when we are focused on our will, not Yours. Help us to be yielded to You today. In Jesus’s name, amen.