This morning I was reading about the miraculous deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. What an amazing story. As I read, I purposely allowed myself not to rush through the reading, but to stop between the verses. Take it all in. IMAGINE the actual scene. Wow, what a picture it presented to my heart!
The Word says that while the Israelites made their exodus out of Egypt, the Lord led them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. This got me thinking, “How plain can you get? A pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night? Talk about skywriting. You couldn’t miss it.”
Meditating on this account in the Bible this morning has caused me to appreciate all over again the prayer my mentor taught me to pray so many decades ago. When seeking God’s wisdom and direction, she taught me to always add this to my prayers:
“Make it PLAIN, Lord. Make it PLAIN.”
I love that prayer. And it has stood me in good stead all these years. “Make it PLAIN, Lord.”
If God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and He was gracious enough to make it abundantly plain to the Israelites the precise direction they were to go in the wilderness – with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night – should we expect any less manifest wisdom from God when seeking His direction for our lives? We don’t need a pillar of cloud or pillar of fire in the SKY to guide us – we have God’s Own Spirit living WITHIN us! Wow!
So I needed wisdom today. And I prayed and asked the Lord to “Make it PLAIN.” And guess what? Aww, you guessed it. He DID!
Exodus 13:21-22 King James Version (KJV)
21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
James 1:5-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.