Reading in Exodus about God’s presence in the cloud, (see “Is God a Cloud?” posted April 4, 2011) I researched different passages about the pillar of cloud. Reading the last verse in Exodus, in awe of our faithful God, all I could whisper is “WOW!” Here are the thoughts that led me to that expression of praise…
At the beginning of their journey through the wilderness to the Promised Land, it is written that “He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.” (Ex. 13:22). The last verse of Exodus reads: “For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.” (Ex. 40:38)
What’s so amazing about that? God’s people miserably failed Him time and time again. They doubted Him; they fussed, complained and whined. They sinned and disobeyed Him. God even got so frustrated with them after the Golden Calf Incident that He would have destroyed them had it not been for Moses’ intercession. Yet in all of this, that cloud representing God’s presence was up there! It was within eyesight of every person, every day! God NEVER departed from them. He was with them “throughout all their journeys”, NOT because they deserved His presence, but because HE WAS FAITHFUL to His plan to get them to the Promised Land, and to be with them every step of the way.
Then I thought about my life. Like the wandering Israelites, I doubt, complain, sin, and disappoint God way too often. Even with all of my failures, because God is faithful to keep all of His promises, He is with me! In fact, the promise that Jesus made to His apostles in Matthew 28:20 is still valid and applicable to all of His followers: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” NOT because we deserve it, but because HE IS FAITHFUL to His plan. He will fulfill the promise of His presence with us “throughout all our journeys”, until we see Him face to face. Now isn’t that something to praise Him for??