Wednesday, January 10 – Exodus 40:34-38
Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Throughout their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the sons of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. For throughout their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and there was fire in it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.
When we travel, we all need one specific thing to get to our destination: directions. Whether we know them by heart or depend on a GPS to give us the turns, we depend on those directions to show us the roads that lead where we want to go. The Israelites had no other point of reference of the location they were going or how to get there. They would be completely lost without God. They needed His presence, not just for worship, but to know where He wanted them to go and what steps to take next. He guided them in such a tangible, obvious way that it was apparent for miles and miles.
Before God’s presence dwelled in the temple in Jerusalem and He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, God’s presence was in the tabernacle (a tent; in essence, a portable temple) and in the cloud that guided them exactly where He wanted them to go.
Part of true worship is obedience—following God wherever He leads. But the path isn’t always laid out clearly ahead of time. We have to trust God for each step. But so many of us crave that clarity from God, and we think about how cool it would be to know exactly where He’s leading or what He wants us to do. Thankfully, we have an ever-present Guide, the One who transforms us from the inside out, living within us: the Holy Spirit. God’s Word also guides us. We may not get our technical answers of what job field to pursue or what our plans for the weekend should be, but through God’s Word we can see who we are called to be and how we are called to live. When He guides and directs us in those heart matters, those practical matters and small directions start to come into place.
We have so much trouble listening to the Holy Spirit because we often have a lot of ideas about where we want to go and what we want to do for our benefit. The Israelites were directed by God because they depended on Him. They had no idea what to do apart from Him, and while that dependence was frustrating for them at times, He was faithful to show up and guide them every day. As we depend on Him for every step, He will forever be our faithful Guide.
- What is something you need God’s direction on today?
- Have you ever sought God’s direction? What was that like?
- Pray and ask God to help you grow in dependence on His direction for your life.