6/26: Cloud and Fire Guidance


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While the Israelites travelled through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land, God’s presence was guiding them in two distinct ways. Psalm 78:14 explains that “in the daytime also He led them with the cloud, and all the night with a light of fire” (NKJ). Wow, what must it have been like to be guided like that?

Well, I believe that each of these guidance systems helped the Children of Israel in two ways. First, during the day, the cloud helped as a shade and as direction. The journey from the Red Sea to the Promised Land took this enormous group of people through some pretty harsh terrain of mostly mountainous desert. They needed the comfort of shade from the scorching sun, so God’s cloud would have provided this for them. And since this was new and unfamiliar territory, they also obviously needed God to direct them as to which way to go. The Scripture says that God “led them with the cloud.” In essence, the cloud was their compass.

Second, the fire helped guide the Israelites by night by providing light and heat. With no streetlights, neon signs, or light bulbs, once the sun went down, it would have been pretty hard to see where they were going or what they were doing. God provided light at night with a special pillar of fire. Light provides clarity. Also, regardless of how hot it gets during the day, desert nights can be brutally cold since sand does not retain heat. The heat from God’s night fire can be seen as combustion, the ignition used to keep the people energized along the journey.

God’s cloud and fire guidance system still works in much the same was for us today. As we travel life’s journeys:

  • God’s guidance provides comfort. As we follow Him, we are comforted when we have the knowledge of why we are doing what He’s called us to do.
  • God’s guidance provides a compass. As we follow Him, we know where to go to carry out that which He has called us to do.
  • God’s guidance provides clarity. As we follow Him, we know how to do what He’s called us to do, and we know whom we must reach.
  • Finally, God’s guidance provides combustion. As we follow Him, we will be energized as we see Him provide the necessary resources and personal strength we need to do what He’s called us to do. The resources and energy—the combustion—will carry us all the night. We will never have to worry about running out of strength or resources before God finishes the work He’s started in us.

So “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1), knowing that God’s cloud of comfort and compass, and God’s fire of clarity and combustion are right there guiding us to His desired end.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on June 26, 2013.

One Response to “6/26: Cloud and Fire Guidance”

  1. Peace be still…there is light at the end of the tunnel. My Father, says so!!!

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