Exodus 13:21 The Perfect GPS

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By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so that they could travel by day or night. Exodus 13:21

Traveling through an unknown area can be challenging. This becomes even more true when there is no direct road to take. The challenge becomes even much harder when there is no map to follow. Then a person must add on traveling through an area with very few people and no towns or cities. Traveling becomes almost impossible.

This is the type of traveling the Israelites had to go through when they left Egypt. They really didn’t know where they were going or how to get there.

Going through life is not a whole lot different then the Israelites traveling through the wilderness. No person really knows the path to take. There are too many different possibilities and too many different paths. At any moment the time to turn could come up. A person needs to be guided as to how to make it through this life.

Often people turn to others who have made the path to determine how to make it themselves. They seek advice from other people, which may be correct or incorrect. It may work or it may not.

God had chosen to lead the Israelites through the desert. He showed up as a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. He let them know when to start moving and when to stop, when to turn and when to go straight. This occurred 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All they had to do was look up and know where to go next in their lives.

Things have not changed since the Israelites have left, except God no longer uses a pillar of cloud or fire to lead a person. As a believer you can have God’s Holy Spirit guide you through this life. He now lives in you and is with you to guide you through this life.

God is willing to show you the path to take that is the best path to take. He will never steer you wrong. At any moment in your life God will let you know when to move, stop, or make a turn.

All you need to do is allow Him to guide you. Is God your guide?

I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will listen to God’s guidance; that you will walk the path God has for you; and that you will follow God all the days of  your life. 

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Exodus 40:36-37 Following God’s Lead

“In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not life, they did not set out–until the day it lifted.” Exodus 40:36-37

Once the Israelites had the tabernacle built and all the furnishings put in it, God’s presence came upon it in the form of a cloud. God would begin to lead them by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire during the night. They would break camp and start moving only when the cloud would lift from the tabernacle. That was God’s sign for them to start moving on again in their travels. If the cloud did not move, they would not move.

Everywhere you go, you will find people who claim to follow God. They will go to church every Sunday and do not doing any acts that are extreme sins on purpose. They appear to be really good Christian people. Yet, they are not always going where God is trying to lead them.

Few believers actually seek God for direction in their day-to-day life. God’s direction is sought only when things get rough and there is trouble in the path. Most people think that they understand the path God has them on.

As a human your vision is very short. It is only what is immediately in front of you. You cannot see around the corner. Only God can see what is ahead. Often people get a vision from God and then run ahead of Him to get it fulfilled.

The Israelites were given a vision of going into the land of Canaan, yet they were not to do so for many years. They had to wait upon God’s move for them to move forward.

Every moment of everyday you should be seeking God’s direction. You need to be walking by His side, not Him trying to keep up with you. Only when God moves, should you move.

When do you decide to move?

Is it on your own experience?

Or is it when God begins to move?

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what He is doing; that you will not move unless God is moving; that you will follow in the footsteps of God each day; that God will guide your every step by His Holy Spirit; and that you will remain on the path God has for you.

Exodus 34:29 Radiance Of God’s Presence

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.” Exodus 34:29

Moses had spent some time in the presence of God at the top of Mount Sinai. While there God had spoken with him and gave him all the rules and regulations that He required the people to follow. When Moses had come down from the mountain his face was shining from being in the presence of God. The people were actually afraid of him because it was so different.

People get overwhelmed and excited when they get to meet a famous person or someone in very high position. For several days they will be excited and telling everyone they meet about their meeting. Selfies will be posted in many different social media formats. For years they will talk about who they got to meet.

Being in the presence of God will always make a change in a person’s life. Think about this: He is the great Almighty God who created everything that was, and is, and is to come. Think about the power and majesty He has.

As a believer you get to spend personal time in God’s presence. You can do this everyday, anytime of the day, year round. Sitting at the feet of Jesus in prayer or worship will keep you close to God at all times. It will change your life.

When you walk away from a time of being in God’s presence, other people should see a difference in you. Most will probably not know why there is a difference. The world will be a little alarmed at the difference and may think you are crazy. Other believers may not even understand it.

Regardless of who understands or accepts it, you must strive to walk in God’s presence. Allow His presence to flow in your life so closely that others will see a difference in you. If they do not see that, maybe you need to spend some more time with God.

Are you shining with the love and light of God’s presence in your life?

Or have you let His light dim down or even go out?

I pray today that you will spend more time in God’s presence; that you take time to pray and worship God throughout your day; that others will see that you have been with God; that others will see your walk with God; and that many will be drawn to Jesus through you life.

Exodus 34:12 No Compromise Or Treaty

“Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you.” Exodus 34:12

God is working on bringing the Israelites into the new land of Canaan. He says He will drive out all of the other nations in that land so the Israelites may have it. In that process of driving out the others, God tells the Israelites not to make a treaty with the people or there will be problems for them.

A treaty is an agreement between two nations that they will work together concerning various issues. Treaties are made all the time all over the world. Many times they can be a good thing, but with the Israelites it would not become a good thing.

The reason God did not want them to make a treaty is that it would become a snare to them. It would cause them to do something that God did not want done and they would not be able to back out of it because of the promise made in the treaty.

Although individual people do not make treaties as the nations do, there are agreements made that are like an unwritten treaty. Many people make agreements to do something with others that God would not want them to do.

All around you the world is trying to tell you how to best live your life. Many believers fall for the trap and live their life the way the world wants them to, rather than the way God wants them to. As you live the way the world around you does, it becomes a trap. It becomes a sinful habit that is hard to break. It destroys the testimony you have for Jesus.

It is easy to give in to a little sinful way, yet, you are supposed to flee all temptation. Do not give the devil a foothold in your life. When you compromise with the world and make a treaty with them, you have broken your treaty with God. It is one way or the other. Either a treaty with God or one with the world.

Who have you made a treaty with?

Have you compromised your stand with God?

Or are you sold out to God and refuse to make a treaty with the world?

I pray today that you will not be caught up in the ways of this world; that God will open your eyes to the compromises of this world; that you will flee all evil; and that you will stand strong and true for God.

Exodus 34:6-7 God’s Description Of Himself

“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, The LORD, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-7

Moses had asked God to show Himself to him. God reveals the backside glory of Himself to Moses. As He passes by Moses, He gives a description of who He is.

He is compassionate and gracious. God feels for all of your pain and struggles. He is patient and gentle with His people. God works with those who are striving to live for Him.

God abounds in love and faithfulness. God’s love and faithfulness never ends. Whatever He says can be trusted. He will only do what is best for you because of His great love for you.

God is willing to forgive any sins  you may have committed. His love for you sent Jesus, His Son, to die on the cross, so that you could be forgiven of all of your sins.

Most people love the first part of this and stop there. However, God also a righteous judge. He will not allow anyone who is guilty to go unpunished. You may not see the punishment in this life, but it will occur. Any person who has not been forgiven of their sins by believing in what Jesus did for them, will be punished.

Take a few moments to sit and think about who God is. Most people see either just the great love of God, or they just see the hard judgements of God. Yet, here you can see that God is a loving and righteous judge.

God loves you greater than any person on this earth could ever love you, yet, He is also going to judge all sin. Seek the forgiveness that Jesus offers. Do not allow yourself to live in sin and get punished. Do not try God’s patience.

Who is God to you today?

Is He just love and compassionate?

Or is He just a judge?

Or is He both?

I pray today that God will reveal His glory to you; that you will see God for who He really is; that God will reveal His love to you; that God will reveal His judgments to you; and that you will know and worship God for who He is.

Exodus 33:15-16 God’s Presence Required

“Then Moses said to him, If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:15-16

While Moses was up on the mountain getting instructions from God the people had turned to an idol for worship. God was ready to destroy all of the people. However, Moses stood in the gap and sought God to not destroy the people.

God chose to send the people into Canaan, but said He would not go with them because He may choose to destroy them because of their stubborn hearts. Moses said that he did not want to go anywhere if God’s presence was not with them. He points out that it was His presence that made the difference between them and the rest of the world.

Many people go through life just living life, but not really LIVING life. They strive to do everything on their own. Until something goes wrong, most people do not seek God’s direction and help. They then wonder why things do not seem to go correctly at all.

God needs to be the center of your life. You need to ensure that God is with you in all that you do. Do not run ahead of God, or walk behind God. You must keep God at your side at all times. Ensure that you are walking with God’s presence in your life.

The presence of God in your life is what makes the difference between you and the rest of the world. God will make your life shine in a way that will make it stand out as different. If your life is not different, why should anyone want to follow Jesus? Why would they want to give up anything to follow Him?

Allow God’s presence to be in your life to make a difference in this world. Do not go anywhere or do anything without Him being in it. It will change the world around you.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will seek God in all that you do; that others will know God is with you; and that many will come to Jesus because of your walk with God.

Exodus 32:31-32 Standing For Others

“So Moses went back to the LORD and said, Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please forgive their sin–but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.” Exodus 32:31-32

While Moses was up on the mountain getting directions from God, the people started to worship a golden calf. They had given up on Moses and his God. They chose to follow an idol. Moses came back down the mountain and was angry with the people.

After cleansing the camp of any idols and getting rid of many people, he goes back up to God. He admits the great sins that the people have committed, but he asks God to forgive them. Moses then takes it a step further and tells God that if He will not forgive them, then he does not want to be in heaven with God. He does not want his name written in God’s book.

Moses shows a great love for the people. He is willing to forego heaven in order for them to make it. Jesus did the same thing for you. When He died on the cross, He was separated from His Father–God for a time in order for you to be saved.

Look around you and you will see many people who are followers of Jesus and yet have fallen into some type of sinful activity. These people are following God, but have strayed off the path for some reason.

As a strong believer, you must seek to restore them. Take time to show them God’s love and compassion and mercy. Often as believers, many will point a condemning finger at them and kick them to the curb. Often believers give up on those who have fallen into sinful acts.

Jesus wants us to strive to restore them gently. Moses stood up for those people who did not deserve anything but God’s punishment. He appealed to God’s love for them.

What are you doing today to restore someone?

Are you letting them fall and maybe even kicking them while they are down?

Are you laying down your life for others?

Or are you praying for God’s forgiveness and showing them God’s love and mercy?

Strive to restore people back to a strong relationship with Jesus today.

I pray today that God will show you ways to touch the lives of others for Jesus; that you will have the love of Jesus for others who have fallen; that you will build people up in Jesus rather than condemn them; and that many will follow Jesus because of your love to them.