And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud, to lead them the way, and by night in a pillar of fire; to give them light; to go by day and night. He took not away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
Today we begin a two day message series of looking at God's provisional care as He used pillars of cloud and fire, fed them with manna from heaven and provided water from a rock. The goodness of God!
The setting for today's topical discussion is the young nation of Israel's wilderness journey where the pillar of cloud and fire were God's protective covering, which is a testimony of His love, care and protection as well as His mercy. God's provisional care is evidence through His acts of kindness shown to Israel during their journey as well as His sustaining power long after. He fed them manna from heaven and water from a rock, neither of which they had to work for; only gather. Their shoes lasted the entire journey; nobody but God. God was present throughout Israel's journey as He is with all believers today and for generations to come.
God's provisional care is evidenced today in Him providing for all our needs, both spiritual and physical. God is true to His Word because all we need and or accomplish comes from God. He is the true source as He works through people and things.
God used Israel to demonstrate His goodness so that other nations will see, believe and become members of His royal family.
God's covering of pillars of cloud and fire are symbols of His Spirit watching over His people.
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