Topic: Majesty of Divine Guidance [September 26, 2016]
Text: Numbers 9:15-23
Key Verse: "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" (Numbers 9:18).
Life has been described as a journey. The journey itself is a process and a discovery. But only travellers on life's road who understand the reading of the compass will enjoy safe trips and get to their intended destinations. Life's experiences become more enjoyable and more fulfilling when we allow divine backing and illumination to continually lighten our ways and decisions.
The children of Israel were delivered from the Egyptian bondage and set out on a supposedly short trip to Canaan, the land of promise. Unfortunately, because of their continual moral failure, the journey was unduly prolonged. Yet, as a loving and caring God, Jehovah continues to guide them through the wilderness journey for forty years. The passage today provides some very instructive lessons to present-day pilgrims on the way to their eternal home, heaven. While we remain on earth, vulnerable to challenges, temptations and trials, we can still enjoy divine presence and guidance when we allow the God of heaven to lead us. Every Christian must closely watch and emulate the attitude of the children of Israel at this stage in their journey.
The Scripture tells us that they wholeheartedly relied on the guidance of the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, symbolising God's presence. They moved and stopped at the direction of the two pillars. How wonderful will it be for Christians today to seek God's guidance and instruction in all the decisions they have to take. Believers must learn from the Israelites' journey to the promise land and endeavour to be led by God in minor, medium and major matters of life.
Thought for the day: Let your step and your stop be directed by the Lord.
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