Our Pillar of Fire



“The Israelites left Succoth and camped at Etham on the edge of the wilderness. The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night. And the Lord did not remove the pillar of cloud or pillar of fire from its place in front of the people.”  — Exodus 13:20-22



John Jay Chapman, an American writer from the past, has written this about the Bible, “The Bible is a luminous congregation of vapors, a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, and the darker the skies grow, whether above an epoch or an individual, the more light it emits.”



That is a good sentence to remember, in these days when the skies “above our epoch” have dark clouds. But God’s truth shines in dark epochs, and it is the duty of all Christians to do all in their power to bring the light of the Bible into our days.



How shall we bring our “pillar of fire” into the dark world we live?  We must bring the fire personally. By that I mean we must possess what we profess. It must be real in our lives if it is to be real in our world.  The word of God must have place in our lives personally.



We must also bring the fire to our world powerfully.  There is no real power apart from the Holy Spirit’s power.  The word of God must be brought to our world in the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot lean on our own strength.



May I also suggest that we must bring the fire to our world purposefully? Lighting our world will not happen by accident. We must plan the work and work the plan.  This means living in a disciplined and intentional way. We must share God’s word on purpose.



Finally, we must bring the fire to our world passionately. All we are, all we have, all we could possibly give must be focused on this one aim…to bring the light of God’s word to those who dwell in darkness!



God, by His grace, has given us a “pillar of fire.” We cannot keep it to ourselves. His word is too big to keep it a secret!


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