Wednesday, November 9

The Other Side of the Cloud

The Pillar of Cloud.

Billowing majestically, it moved forward...and the Israelites advanced.

Pulsing with power, it hovered...and they pitched their tents and waited.

The Cloud...always in front of the people. “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.” (Ex. 13:21-22 NIV)

The Angel of God. Giving divine guidance by day and fiery heat and light by night.

But the horses’ hoof beats pounded. The chariots rattled. And the marching soldiers’ footfall droned. The enemy closed in on them, in pursuit of their lives.

Israel shook in their sandals. They cried out to the Lord.

Moses said to them, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” (Ex. 14:12-14 NKJV)

“Raise your rod, Moses,” God said. “Stretch out your hand over the sea. Divide it that Israel may walk through it on dry ground.”

“Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them...coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.” (Ex. 14:19a, 20 NIV, emphasis mine)

The Living Bible says, “It gave darkness to the Egyptians but light to the people of Israel!” (Ex. 14:20b) Darkness to the enemy; light to the people.

The Lord stood between His children and their enemy. He had their backs! And this enemy at the rear was history. God had a plan for their future and a path all mapped out for them to move forward.

God does the same for us. Sometimes, He performs His handiwork behind us, in the background. So, what is behind us? Our past? Depleted circumstances? Old way of thinking? Attempts of the enemy?

The Lord stands between us and whatever attempts to come against us, protecting us. He has our backs! Our enemy is history. God has a plan for our future and a path all mapped out for us to move forward.

No matter what is behind you, God has drowned it in the dark depths of the sea of forgiveness, if you have given it to Him. Don’t let worry go to the shed and pull out the ol’ fishing pole!

Whatever is on the other side of the cloud, the Lord stands ready to fight for you. Stand still and see what He will accomplish for you.

Let God’s pillar of cloud be darkness to what is behind you and a glory light to what is in front of you.

This post is part of Internet Café's Wordfilled Wednesday...

17 Responses
  1. Great post, Lynn. I particularly liked the part about worry with the fishing pole. Great analogy! Yes, we need to remember God goes before us, and protects our back as well.

  2. lynnmosher Says:

    Thanks, Ceci! You were really quick on the draw! I always love seeing your comments! Bless you!

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  4. lynnmosher Says:

    Hello, A! So nice to have you visit. I had a little trouble with your blog address as it should be blogspot rather than blogger. But I found you! Will be checking it out! Thanks for commenting. Hope to bump into you on a regular basis. Blessings to you!

  5. Amen! Love this post, Lynn! As God's children we live in the light while our enemy is shrouded in darkness. And oh how wonderful that God is there to guide and protect us!

    Sending blessings and gentle, praying-you-are-feeling-better hugs!

  6. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you, dear Lisa! I always love hearing from you. And thank you for your precious prayers. I am doing much better! Bless you!

  7. What a glorious reminder, Lynn. I've never looked at that passage in quite that way before. Now, I want to go back and study that story a little more. Isn't God's Word wonderful? We can read it over and over again and still uncover new nuggets of wisdom and blessing.

  8. lynnmosher Says:

    Wow! Dana, thank you so much for such a generous comment. You have blessed me. I love it when the Lord shines His light on those little nuggets and reveals some deeper gem. I appreciate your visit. Blessings to you!

  9. This is wonderful, Lynn. One of my favorite posts of yours. God is truly at work ahead and behind us. Also in and through us. Above and below us. Omnipresent. Yay, God!

  10. lynnmosher Says:

    Aww, thank you so much, Carol! You make my heart happy! You're such a sweetheart! Bless you!

  11. Karen Says:

    Amen! What an encouraging post! His light directing our path and His glory as our rear guard....

  12. lynnmosher Says:

    Thank you so much, Karen, for stopping by and commenting! You've made my heart happy today! Bless you!

  13. Lynn,

    This is an awesome message from the LORD. I so needed this. Thank YOU, LORD, for using Lynn to get YOUR message to us. Praise GOD!

  14. lynnmosher Says:

    Aw, thank you, Kimberly! I'm so happy it touched your heart. Thank you for letting me know. Blessings to you, dear one!

  15. Wonderful post as usual Lynn! I love how God comes between our past and future with the present "cloud" of His Presence. It obscures our sight as we look back on our wicked past - and it shades our eyes from the bright Glory of our future to come! Super points Lynn - love your fishing pole analogy! Blessings,

  16. lynnmosher Says:

    Thanks for another special comment, Deborah! You're a sweetheart! Bless you!

  17. I love this! It's so reassuring and gives a warm and cozy feeling thinking about God being our protection from what is behind us and a light to what He has in store for us ahead.