Pillars of cloud and fire


When the Lord tells me to go somewhere, do something, or say something, I tend to want to know why, what the end result will be and how things are going to play out. But the Lord hardly ever gives me all the info I’m wanting.

What he does give me is his presence – the Holy Spirit guiding me continually, as long as I’m paying attention to the pillars of cloud and fire in my life.

But I guess I’m still stuck where Adam and Eve were: looking for knowledge so I can do it myself, while the Lord is offering his presence because (pardon the southernism) Lord knows I can’t do it myself. Lord knows his way is better.

Think about this: if the burning bush morphs into a flat screen tv and gives Moses a look at what’s coming over the next 40 years, do you think he goes to Egypt? Maybe not. That was an awful lot of wandering around and putting up with whiners for a long time. But he would have missed those face-to-face chats with God and would not have been… well, Moses.

How about you? Are you content to follow the pillars of God’s presence around (even when it seems aimless)? Or are you yearning for knowledge that might enable you to do it on your own, or have more control of things, or have a better handle on the situation – or any other way we want to phrase the desire we fallen humans have to be anything but radically dependent on God’s presence and grace at every moment?

Yeah, me too.

What do you say we put down the fruit that is not good for us and stick to a manna diet?

3 thoughts on “Pillars of cloud and fire

  1. This is a great blogpost … and a great reminder. I’ve been making laps around the OT for a while so this is fresh in my mind. Thanks for something to think about!

  2. Seems to me that God’s always been crazy about relationship with we fallen humans. It would be incredible from Moses’ perspective marching around in the desert for forty years with the Israelites to be in God’s presence continually, but from God’s point of view, he was just desirous to have Moses with Him. You know, He did want the entire nation to be that close to Him, but the nation refused, asking Moses to “do that for them.”

    Even when Adam and Eve sinned against Him in the Garden, he skinned some animals to make clothes for them. He was even then covering and relating to them on whatever basis He could have. He is desiring the entire world to be with Him, desires us to be with Him everyday, yet is patient and kind enough to us to wait for us to come around.

    I don’t know much about the pillar of fire and cloud in my own life, but I know whether I eat manna or the fruit of the land, I will be satisfied with Him.

    Thought-provoking, Michael. Thank you.

  3. i am just so overwhelmed with how present God really was in those times to his people- through this story Im just happy to imagine that I have my own pillar of cloud and fire. I am inspired to know that they didnt move when the cloud didnt move- I shall try to do the same in my life- what got me was they sometimes stayed camped out for over a year if the cloud didnt move for over a year. At the same token if the cloud moved at night they would also moved, they could be moving all day and all night and as long as the cloud didnt stop they would keep moving. I also love the part that, during that time that they had crossed the red sea and were being chased by the egyptians the cloud went behind them as a protection agains the egyptians- there was darkness on the egyptians side and light on the israelites side. How awesome is that- I can see Gods protection on my own life and now I know that indeed I have my own pillar of cloud

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