“The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.”
Exodus 13:21 NASB
Try as I might I have inevitable lapses in my walk with Christ. I climb the spiritual mountain and get to the top where I breathe the rarified air of holiness. It is good up there. There is immense peace, tranquility, and endless joy. I would like to stay there.
Sadly in my mortality, I allow my flesh to interfere and I fall and tumble down. My walk is not everyday, every moment and I am prone to take my eyes off the ball. Though God has given me all I need to have that prolonged mountaintop experience, I make choices driven by the “old man” that bring consequences that send me over the cliff.
There is comfort in knowing that my God is always on all the time.
“Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
Psalms 121:4 NKJV
He is never off and every move is on point. He guided the children of Israel out of Egypt by day and by night. They were never out of His hand. Like them I can take great comfort in knowing that He is always near. When I asked Jesus to be my Savior, God the Holy Spirit came to reside in me, giving me a constant presence.
He also gave me free will. On good days my free will brings me to my knees to seek the Lord and surrender all my choices to His authority. On the bad days I become my own god. I worship at the altar of my appetites, making choices that fog my vision of the divine. In those moments I feel like God is so far away.
When the children of Israel questioned Moses and God the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night were still there. He did not leave them. In those times when I allow myself to be distracted, God does not leave me to fend for myself. When I feel He is so far away, it is me that has moved. He has not. Once I am surrendered He is right there waiting.
My greatest joy today is that I get to enjoy those wonderful moments at the mountaintop more and more. As I get older, I can see the day more clearly when this will be an eternal state. I will be with Him always and I will be a twenty-four-seven dweller in Him.
For now I enjoy those moments when I ascend to the peak. Pray for those moments!
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