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Today, we end our series on “Walking in the light of God’s word” and thank you for taking the walk with us. We end this series with the topic “His goodness and mercy”. During this walk, we have talked about how to let God ‘s word guide us in our walk with Him and what it means to let Him order your steps.
In our previous post, we talked about walking in the light of God’s word, and When the Word become a lamp or a light to us?
Pillars of Cloud and Fire
The Book of Exodus tells a story of the rescue and redemption of the Israelites. We see God revealing Himself to His people and delivering them from the hands of the Egyptians to the desert. In the desert, God established His covenant with them.
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live” (Exodus 33:18-20)
In Exodus 13:20-22, when Pharaoh finally let go of the Children of Israel, God led them to the Etham, on the edge of the desert where they camped. The Lord went ahead of the Israelites as a pillar of cloud during the day to guide their way and as a pillar of fire to bring illumination to them at night. So, the Children of Israel could travel both day and night. His presence never left its place ahead of them.
In Exodus 14:19-22, we see God’s presence as a pillar of cloud withdrawn from ahead of Israel’s army and settled behind them. He came in-between the armies of Israel and Egypt, bringing darkness to one side (Egyptians) and light to the other (Israelites) at night.
In Exodus 40:37-38 and Numbers 9:15-23, we see the cloud settled above the tabernacle. The Israelites only move when they see the cloud lifted from above the place of meeting. They move with the pillars of cloud and fire that provide them light in their path and direct them.
In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 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 - Exodus 40:37-38.
Light of His World
As children of God, we cannot move without His light before us. We walk according to the Word of God and in the presence of His Word. And we cannot move if we place our steps in His hands and ask Him to order them. We are the children of God, and as such, our steps have to be ordered by Him and our destinies are in His hands. He has brought us to where we are today, and it is by His will that He will bring us to the place He has promised us. Walking in the light of God’s word is an indication that He is with us and will always be with us. In all circumstances, He will always be with us in any form.
God’s word goes before us to order our steps. This means although we are physically not with Him, He is with us in everything we do, thereby ordering our steps. The Lord is great in ordering our steps.
The light of the world is with us and will always be with us. His name is Jesus Christ.Tweet
We see man moving behind the pillar of cloud through the wilderness. In our days, We cannot move ahead of the cloud and fire. We need the pillar of cloud and fire to guide and lead us in our journey. As a result, we cannot change our destiny just because we feel like it. We are obliged to follow the principles of God to let it come to pass. These are the principles given to us on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) by Jesus Christ. Some of the principles are what we are going through now – through the furnace of fire and the principles of the land.
As the pillar of fire leads us by night, the pillar of cloud protects and comforts us—this is the word of God. As we move through the wilderness of our lives, the light of God leads us, and His cloud protects us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one - Matthew 6:13
The word of God is perfect in all sense, but the truth of His word has to be researched.Tweet
Goodness and Mercy shall follow me. . .
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever – Psalms 23:6
Our LORD’s goodness and mercy represent the pillars of cloud and fire that accompanied the Israelites throughout their journey in the desert. We live our lives every day in the shadow of His Word. The goodness of God shall follow us every day throughout our lives and His mercies which are new every morning shall always be with us, as we journey through this world of darkness.
The mercies of the LORD shall be with you always, don’t ever forget that. His mercies are new every morning - Lamentations 3:22-24
The will of the LORD is with us
The pillars of cloud and fire didn’t accompany the Israelites into the Promised Land.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me. All the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. – Psalm 23
In case you missed any of the previous posts in the series. . .
During our Walking in the light of God’s word blog series over the past 2 weeks, we’ve covered: