In a vision early yesterday morning, I was shown a woman standing under a bright Light. She stepped out with one foot but as she did so her foot was out of the Light’s parameters. She stepped back in and her foot was back under the light. It was obvious that she was to remain under this Light until it was okay to step out and forward.
The woman symbolizes the redeemed Church who is in covenant with GOD our FATHER through the Lord Jesus Christ. In brief, this vision illustrates the importance of waiting on God’s perfect timing. Often as Believers, we are not sure what decision or direction to take. Other times we want to step out and accomplish things out of our own misplaced will. In all cases, it is always best to wait on the Lord’s guidance at the risk of being mislead by our own impaired intentions and desires into questionable circumstances and conditions.
During their arduous trek in the wilderness and enroute to the promised land, God under the form of a pillar of fire by night (Light) and a pillar in the cloud by day (shade) guided the chosen people. When the pillar moved forward, the people of Israel would pack up their camp and follow behind it. And when the pillar stopped, the Israelites would set up camp with the tabernacle directly underneath.
“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.” (Ex. 13:21-22)
“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the desert. By day the pillar of cloud did not cease to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.” (Neh. 9:19)
These Old Testament verses convey an extremely important life lesson. Since the advent of Jesus Christ’s New Covenant, we have now become human tabernacles that house the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 3:16). And as was the case for the chosen people during days of antiquity, so it is that faithful Believers continue to be guided during their earthly journeys by the same Pillar. And this great Pillar, this great Rock in the Cloud and in the Fire was and continues to be our precious Lord God Jesus Christ:
“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” (1 Cor. 10:1-4)
GOD being ever compassionate and loving wants to guide and lead HIS people in the way shey should go. In the natural sense, we as Believers do not know what lies ahead or lurks around the corners of this fallen world but HE does. And becauses GOD works on HIS own time and according to HIS own design, we are called to exercise patience; to wait on HIM and trust HIM. Until then, we are called to stay put. To abide with discernment in and underneath that great Pillar of cloud and fire – the guiding Light of the world – Jesus Christ. And to follow Him when He moves and wherever He leads. His plans, intentions, desires and timing for us is always perfect!
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (Jn.8:12)
“However, when He, the Spirit of truth (the Holy Spirit made available through the Lord Jesus Christ) has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will show you things to come.” (Jn.16:13)
Keep the Faith,