In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out–until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels. (Exodus 40:36-38 NIV)
Wow! What a blessing the Israelites had with God visibly guiding them. His presence guides His people with a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. There is no doubt that God is love as He seeks intimacy and to reestablish a relationship with us. We may not see a cloud by day or fire by night like the Israelites did but we do feel his presence with us. He loves us so much. He wants to have a close relationship with us. As we continue in his presence reading his word and communicating with him we can have a close relationship with him.
By Diane Levy