Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.”
In today’s passage, the Israelites are given specific directions on when to move from one place to another during their journey to the promised land. They were to remain in one place until they saw God give them the sign to continue when they saw the cloud taken up. I would imagine that this rhythm of seeing God’s presence in the form of a cloud and fire during their journey through the difficult terrains of the wilderness to be comforting. It would be a reminder of God’s nearness—that they were not alone.
A few years ago my wife and I went through a difficult time when she had a miscarriage. It was our first pregnancy and we were devastated to find out that the baby would not make it. A lot of tears were shed as we were dealing with an influx of emotions. However, God was with through this difficult journey. Although it wasn’t in the form of a cloud or fire in the sky, we saw God’s presence with us in the form of the church body supporting us, moments of comfort in our times of prayer, and God’s grace when He gave us the faith to trust Him even in this situation. It was the only way we could have endured and walked through this difficult journey towards healing.
Many of us are going through seasons of pain and suffering—where it is difficult to see God’s presence. We want Him to come like a cloud or fire to reassure us. But as we learned yesterday, God is indeed with us—better yet, dwells within us wherever we are. Whether we recognize it or not, He is faithful to carry us through whatever situation we find ourselves in. We just need the eyes to see His faithfulness in our moments of pain. Let us pray for God to give us eyes to see Him and to trust Him in all circumstances!
Prayer: Father, in the moments where I sense that You are absent, give me the eyes to see your presence around me and the faith to trust You in all things!
Bible Reading for Today: 1 Kings 1