January 28, 2011
“21 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. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.” (Exodus 13:21-22) NIV
A pillar is a column; the column is used as support! The desert is extremely hot during the day; the scorching temperatures can rise up to the one hundred and twenty degrees. I remember ministering in Yucatan, Mexico and listening to some of the pastors informing me that they would normally have services on Sundays at 4:00 AM to avoid the heat of the day. Strange enough; the desert does not cooperate with us humans! At night the temperatures are uncomfortably cold.
No matter what the reality of life throws at us, how amazing is it to know that we can count on a God that can go ahead of us and cause the normal elements of nature, political issues, bad economy, personal tragedies, failures, etc. to cooperate with us. In the desert, God deals with us physically, mentally and spiritually. The time-frame may vary, but we will all go through this process of the desert.
The desert is preparing us to face the giants in our lives in the form of generational curses and annoying strong holds. The desert is preparing us to take the promise land of our dreams.
Even as the journey is not easy, God provides everything that is needed for the journey; not only to continue, but also to be completed. So today, know that in the heat of the troubles of the day and in the terrifying threats of the cold nights of your desert; there is a cloud…the cloud of the glory of God that provides us the shelter to rise above whatever the devil throws at us. That land belongs to us, not because we are so special or better than anybody, but because the Owner of the Land declared it to be so. Absolutely no one can stop us on our journey with God.