The presence of God was made known unto the children of Israel as a cloud and fire. This is in the representation of the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist said this about Jesus. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” (Matthew 3:11) The Holy Spirit and Fire are shown in the passages below. “And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, namely, the tent of the testimony: and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until the morning. So it was alway: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. And when the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle, then after that the children of Israel journeyed: and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel pitched their tents.” (Numbers 9:15-17)
God abode with His people through the power of the Holy Spirit, and the amazing thing is, the people followed the directing of God’s Spirit wherever He led them. It is written, “at the commandment of the Lord the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the Lord they pitched: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they rested in their tents. And when the cloud tarried long upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of the Lord, and journeyed not.” (Numbers 9:18,19) This is such a great example of the faithfulness of the Hebrew people in these times. Now, as we are in the new covenant with Christ, the comfort is also with those that believe. This means in all places that we go, God is with us also. Do people acknowledge God in their lives on a daily basis and go as He directs, unfortunately, this is generally not the case. Therefore, it is up to us to repent and start following God’s direction today.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will learn to follow You as we have seen in the times of the Bible. I love the example of the Hebrew people in Numbers, chapter 9, where they followed Your every command. If You told them to go a certain way, they went, even to the point of stopping and resting, did they rest. This is strict obedience that is missing in the times we are living in. I do know that in many places around the world there are people who are following You day in and day out. They read Your Words in the Bible, pray often, and also do as You say. This is my desire also. If I am not living up to Your standards, then rebuke me and help me know where I have gone astray. Lord, help make Your ways my ways. Lead me from temptation. I only desire to do Your will now as it is in heaven. Move within me, Holy Spirit. Open my mouth to speak. I love You, God. Amen.