I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud.

1 Corinthians 10: 1a

 

Here are few short thoughts on this idea of our entire existence being played out “under the cloud”. Paul is discussing the well known story of how, as the Israelites were led by Moses through the desert after their escape from Egypt, they were actually led by the tangible presence of God. The Lord was made visible to them all by a cloud that went before them as they traveled and that hovered over them when they camped. It was the cloud that dictated their movement; thus, God was visibly the leader of the movement of His people.

 

In my life I often fail to recognize the cloud that is hovering over me. It is not usually as physically apparent as was the one that lead the Israelites. Additionally, I can be really bad at responding to the movement that God’s presence is guiding for me, for there are times when I am left standing and wondering what I should be doing and where I need to be going while the Lord has been trying to get my attention and has already laid out a very clear direction for me. It would seem that, unfortunately, I am following more in the stubborn and unresponsive footsteps of my ancestors than I am yielding to God’s will for my life.

 

However, God remains faithful and is unrelenting in His desire to see His people living in the center of His will. Thus, the cloud that hovers over all of God’s children is the glory of His Spirit. This is the same Spirit that also lives within our hearts; so, the only thing that gets in the way of our ability to live in the center of that same glory is our lack of comprehension of the Lord’s presence, which is like that of the Israelites in that it stems from our failure to trust in God completely. If I am willing to look with open eyes and a yielded heart and am responsive to the infinite potential that God has given to my life; then, I am ready to follow my Lord into a life filled with His miracles as His presence leads and directs my steps to Christ’s destinations for my days.

 

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