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Posted: Monday, February 15

Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children's Pastor

Pastor Dennis Daywitt // Children's Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Exodus 39:1-40:38
Mark 1:1-28
Psalm 35:1-16
Proverbs 9:11-12 

 

Verse of the day:

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 40:38)


My wife and I were frantically looking for her phone.  Where was it?  She just had it.  We were on our way out the door when we discovered the phone was missing. We had an important appointment that we couldn’t be late for and the directions were on her phone.  My phone wouldn’t help. It’s a not-so-smart phone.  We finally found the phone and I really don’t want to tell you where it was.  Oh, ok.  It was in my coat pocket.  Yes, the one I was wearing. How it got there I have no idea.  Quickly changing the subject now, we made it to our destination following the directions on her phone with a few minutes to spare.

 

 

In Exodus 40 the tabernacle had just been completed and was now ready to be set up.  The tabernacle was a portable temple and the Lord’s presence was there.  Every once in a while it was time to go and they would pack up the tabernacle and move.   God gave them directions to do so in a pretty amazing way.  There was a cloud that hovered above the tabernacle by day and at nighttime it had fire in it. When the cloud lifted from the tabernacle they set out, but when it did not lift they stayed put.  God gave directions to the children of Israel in this way.

 

 

When Jesus walked this earth God spoke through His Son.  We see this in the story in Mark 1:16-20.  In this story Jesus is walking beside the Sea of Galilee and he sees two brothers, Simon and Andrew, casting their net into the water to catch fish.  He calls out to them.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (v.17)  And they do.  Then Jesus goes a little further down the seashore and he calls out to two more brothers, James and John, who were fishermen too.  They obey Jesus’ directions to follow Him as well.

 

 

The above are examples of God giving direction to people, one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament.  I’ve not had a cloud or a cloud of fire hovering over my head showing me where to go.  Neither have I had Jesus physically walking beside me giving me direction.  And I haven’t seen this happening in other people’s lives either.  However, I know that anything is possible with God.  So how does God give us direction today?  The answer is found in the same chapter that contains the story of Jesus calling the fishermen to follow Him.  John the Baptist says in Mark 1:7-8, “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.  I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”  John the Baptist said that Jesus would baptize in the Holy Spirit and that was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost in the upper room in the believers present and in believers ever since.  God directs us through His Holy Spirit today.  Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit giving you guidance.  Ask Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit.  Walk and live in the Spirit today.