And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
Exodus 13:21 ESV
God did this very cool thing for the people of Israel as they left Egypt. He put before them a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night to lead them to the Promised Land.
When the cloud or fire stopped, so did they. When it moved, they followed. It should have been a great feeling knowing that the God of all creation was leading them. But it eventually lost its appeal.
It became a glorified stoplight. Stop. Go. And the fact that they could just look up and see that God was with them, didn’t mean as much. It became common place.
Jesus sent us something similar in the Holy Spirit. He isn’t a cloud or pillar of fire. But Jesus said He would be in us and with us. He guides us and helps us in our walk with the Lord.
But like the Israelites, He very quickly becomes common place. And we don’t pay attention as much.
For the Born Again Believer, it is important to understand that the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives in you!
Jesus didn’t give us a Jr. Holy Spirit or a leveled-down Holy Spirit. And so, don’t deny the awesome thing that Jesus has done for you!
Take time to understand the work of the Holy Spirit and how He works in your life. Then, listen, obey and trust His leading.
You have been given a great gift, greater than a cloud or pillar of fire. Don’t neglect the Holy Spirit’s work in your life.
Father, thank You that You haven’t left us all alone down here. Thank You for the Holy Spirit in me. Help me to honor, listen and obey what the Spirit is saying.