“Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys.” – Exodus 40:36
You may have played the game Red light, Green light where you are at the mercy of the dictator who has the ability to have you stop and go on command. Whenever the person in control decided, they would treat us like a light switch, on and off whenever they wanted, with no purpose except maybe humiliation.
I recently heard a teaching on the tabernacle and how God would lead the children of Israel. If the cloud or flame rested over the Tabernacle, they would stay put but if it lifted, they would travel. Then the Pastor said, “But it wasn’t a game of red light, green light”.
If you can make a reference point and make an analogy to the way God led the children of Israel and how God leads us, there is a big difference between obedience and playing a game. The analogy would be having the Holy Spirit as an invisible cloud or of a flame, leading us, or have us sit. It seems that there is a problem with both in the Church today. We’re either too busy, ahead of the Spirit and fore go our “Sabath rest” or we sit around and allow the spirit to go on without us.
Imagine being so in tune with the Spirit of God that it was like following a cloud or flame? “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives” (Galatians 5:25NLT). There are certainly things in our life that can hinder our ability to see where the Spirit is leading, the list of hinderances can be lengthy. I think we tend to filter things through our deficiencies rather then spiritual. I tend to see things through the lenses of insecurity or rejection, which keeps me from being where God wants me to be. So today is a new day, what is God asking you to do or not do? My prayer is that His leading will be as clear as a cloud or flame. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” ―