And the LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. (Exod. 13:21 NAS)
The pillar of fire by night and the pillar of cloud by day were remarkable demonstrations of the presence of God amongst the Israelites when they came out of Egypt. What a remarkable sight that would have been! During the day, there was a pillar of cloud that was upon the tabernacle or stood in front of the camp to guide them in the way. At night, the pillar changed into a pillar of fire to give them light, and also went before them whenever they were on the move.
Hebrews 10:1 teaches us that “For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things (NAS). This includes the pillar of fire and the pillar of cloud. It was only a shadow of something better that was coming when Jesus the Messiah will come. Above all else, this pillar of cloud and of fire signified the abiding, perpetual presence of God amongst the people. Where is this pillar of cloud and of fire today? It has moved. It is no longer outside. It has moved to perpetually dwell inside the believer. The pillar of fire and the pillar of Cloud is a shadow of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit within the believer, and the Body of Christ at large. When we received the Holy Spirit, that pillar of fire relocated to dwell inside us! We are His Temple ( 1 Corinthians 3:16). The Spirit is the very Presence of God with you to lead day and night. The glory of the Lord is no longer seen over the physical tabernacle or a building. It is seen over you! Be conscious of God’s abiding Presence. Attend to His Presence. Be in awe of His tremendous grace, and worship and praise Him perpetually Who lives within you.
MEDITATE-pillar of fire
Meditate on that Word above. Ponder upon it. Think of God’s grace and goodness to us in making our bodies His very Temple to live in.
There is hardly more we can do in acknowledgment of His Presence within us than to be in perpetual awe and marvel. Praise and worship Him for His kindness and grace.
ACT UPON IT!
Let every feeling of loneliness be put to an end today in your life by this insight. Let fear be put to rest today. Let anxiety be put to rest. Let confusion also be put to rest. The Pillar of the fire and of the cloud are now within you. Practice His presence. WWhen you feel overwhelmed or confused, stop and REMEMBER that God lives inside you, and is a very present help in time of need!
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