January 4, 2022
34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.
36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 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.
It makes things seem so simple. A visible representation of the presence of God and the leading of God along the way. Knowing the necessity of it at this time, as the people move across the desert into the new land that will be their home. Seeing that as they have very few of the words of God written down at all at this time, needing God’s leading visibly in front of them. The confidence of knowing that as the cloud stays still, they stay still. As the cloud moves forward, they follow the cloud as it goes along.
And while we may see the simplicity of it, we should recognize that we would likely have had the same struggles as they did, wondering about heading back to Egypt, wondering about who this Moses is, wondering if we are following something good or not. They had great uncertainties as well. Not the thousands of years of the history of God working in the lives of his people we have. They had the moment they were in and it was different than anything they had experienced or that they had heard of from another.
And then we see that it really does sit in our experience today. Even with all the history of knowing God leads us as he has people in history. Even knowing that we are his people as many generations of people before us. We sit in moments that are different from anything we have known and from what others have known. We get to the end of Exodus and find that their journey is not over and that our journey is not over. We have not traveled to a point where we will now have it all figured out, but to a point where we continue to walk with God in faith, trusting that he will continue to lead us as he has throughout our lives and as he has with others throughout time.
What happens next? We have some glimpses of how things are moving. We have some ideas of where we are heading. We see in that glass darkly for a time. But the one who sees clearly is leading us to a place we do not yet know, but which we can be sure is a place we need to be. We have seen in Exodus that God is faithful, God is good, and we will forever be his people.
Song – Your Grace is Enough
O God, who in Jesus Christ called us out of darkness into marvelous light, enable us always to declare your wonderful deeds, thank you for your steadfast love, and praise you with heart, soul, mind, and strength, now and forever. Amen.