One of the most precious things about being a Christian is the certainty that God is with us and he guides us. If you don’t know Him, this may be a difficult concept to believe. How can you know? But we do, beyond a shadow of a doubt!
God has always been with His people and He loves to guide as an expression of His love, care and protection. We see this clearly in our subject today.
God, through Moses, led His people out of Egypt and proceeds to lead them to the promised land. He did not leave them to fend for themselves though, so He provides two amazing signs, one for the day and the other for the night.
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people. (Exodus 13:21-22)
What amazing sights these must have been, a clear and tangible proof of God’s presence.
The bright light of the fire illuminating the way for God’s people was a foreshadowing of Jesus.
As John the baptiser was preparing the way for Jesus He said;
John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Luke 3:16)
As we have seen previously, fire symbolises; holiness and light means; clarity, truth and understanding.
Jesus said it clearly and revealed that following him as the light was the same as the Israelites following the cloud and pillar:
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
We see the culmination of all of this in the book of Revelation:
And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. (Revelation 21:23)
Are you ready to allow this light to guide your path as well?