Week 35 The Cloud and the Fire

Today’s Text: Numbers 9-12

Key Text: Numbers 9:15-17

“On the day the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the covenant, and from evening until morning, it was over the tabernacle, having the appearance of fire. It was always so: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, then the Israelites would set out; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the Israelites would camp.”

It has been dramatically portrayed over the years – in countless drawings, paintings, and on film – for good reason.

It is a powerful image – that of God’s guiding presence – day and night – as the people of God wandered in the wilderness.

I love picturing it.

For me, it speaks so much about God’s powerful and holy presence.

It also speaks of God’s deep and abiding love.

True, many times the people – we – have wandered away. They have forgotten to look to the cloud and the fire – and have not followed in faithful trust.

Other times, though, the people – we – have returned to God and God has always been willing to take us back.

Wilderness wanderings – literally or figuratively speaking – are never easy.

But how wonderful it is that God loves us enough to always provide the Way to follow.

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