Today’s Scripture Selection: Exodus 40:38
“So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.”
They began their journey as slaves; they journeyed on as a free people, guided by their God. Clearly, their problems were far from over and they continued to struggle as a people of God but, they journeyed on with God guiding them.
So it is with our spiritual journey.
There are times when we are, or at least feel, as if we are in bondage of some sort.
There are times when we feel free as a bird.
There are times – and perhaps this is how it feels most of the time – when we are somewhere in between, but we journey on by God’s grace.
I love the image of the fire that was “over the tabernacle by day,” and “in the cloud by night.”
It speaks to me of an ever-present, ever-watchful, ever-loving, ever-holy God traveling through both difficult and joyful times alike.
There are certainly times when I wish I could have a “sign” from God that is as dramatic and clear as fire hovering over that tabernacle or in the cloud at night.
Still, there are also times when I sense and “see” God’s guiding presence quite clearly.
I hope that is the case for you on your spiritual journey as well.
So, journey on. As the scripture says, “draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.”
By day, by night, God will draw nigh to you.