Dear God: I Want a Cloud, Too

Dear God: I Want a Cloud, Too

February 10, 2017

“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way …” Exodus 13:21a (NIV)

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It had been a hard and long day. Maybe you can relate?

Problems abounded, and my head was spinning from all the difficult decisions I faced. For weeks, I searched for supportive Scriptures and hoped I would glean a definitive, holy answer to my questions. I stayed alert for any trace of God speaking. I wanted to hear His voice loud and clear. I looked for patterns in things I read or heard. And I continually sought precise affirmation in the choices I was leaning toward.

My thoughts ran rampant. What if I made a wrong decision? What if I thought I heard God’s voice, but instead it was just my own emotions or feelings controlling my thoughts? Was it too much to ask to get a blinking neon arrow dropped down from Heaven to point the way?

So on this particularly frustrating day, I stopped trying to figure everything out. I stopped looking for a blaring answer from God. I simply began to pray.

I prayed for wisdom, clarity and guidance about how to move forward. I prayed for peace and hope to fill my heart and mind — leaving no room for confusion and negative thoughts. I prayed that decision-making would be an extension of my faith, not an exhaustion of my efforts.

I whispered, Amen, opened my eyes, and looked out the window. Immediately, I noticed groups of big, puffy, white clouds in the sky. As I watched the clouds drift slowly across the bright blue sky, our key verse in Exodus 13 came to mind, and I reached for my Bible.

By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way …” (Exodus 13:21a).

Shortly after their rescue from Egypt, God led the Israelites through the wilderness. He guided them during daytime with a cloud, and at night He provided a pillar of fire. I found myself wishing for a holy cloud of my own to guide me.

Instead of a cloud, I had a cloudy mind. I was so worried to make a wrong decision I couldn’t make any decisions at all. I felt lost in a wilderness, much like the Israelites.

Yet as I read through this passage of Exodus, my heart began to lighten. Exodus 13:17-18 tells us, “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, ‘If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt. So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.’”

God didn’t lead them down the short path, possibly one that was easier, because they might not have felt the need to fully rely on Him. Or they might have been tempted to take a wrong path when things got tough. Because of this, God led them through the more difficult path, around the desert and toward the Red Sea. It was a long, difficult journey but God was always before them. They trusted God to lead the way, even if they didn’t understand it, and their lives and faith were saved as a result.

As these lessons in this story came to mind, my thoughts became less cloudy and I rested in knowing God would be my guide. If I walk down the right path, God will be there with me. But if I take a wrong turn, He will still be there, redirecting me, guiding me and leading me out of the wilderness. In fact, He may take me down the most difficult journey, with full intention of growing my faith along the way.

I closed my Bible, and a smile crept across my face. I may not have a cloud I can see with my eyes, but I can trust God is always leading the way. God may lead us into the wilderness, and He may even guide us there to camp for a while, but He will never leave us there. Regardless of the decisions we make, we’ll never be on any path alone.

Lord, sometimes I would love a blinking neon sign or a cloud to guide me and confirm Your will for the decisions I face. But Your presence is truly what I desire. Help me rest, knowing You are always with me, and if I stumble or go down a wrong path, You will lead me in Your way. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (NLT)

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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What major decisions have you been fretting over and trying to figure out on your own rather than resting in God and trusting He will guide you and go before you?

Ask God to help you give the situation fully to Him today.

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  1. Thank you for this devotion reminding us that our Father has our best interest at heart (I just read that one in another daily devotion today). I am facing a decision that I haven’t been 100% at peace with or perhaps I just didn’t like the wisest option. I don’t need to look for a sign anymore, I just need to rely on God for that direction and redirection. Thank you again for your spiritual insights.

    • “I just didn’t like the wisest option.” You packed a lot of wisdom into that phrase, Mary. Sometimes the confusion Tracie describes here is just that. I know what God wants, and it isn’t what I want. There’s a secret hope that if I keep asking, God will say, “That’s fine. Do it your way.”

      My way or God’s way? I did it my way, many times. It doesn’t work out like the song.

  2. Thank for this message. My heart is light and I love the Lord and my brothers and sisters that share and support each other.

  3. Kimberly Dart says:

    I woke up this morning feeling concerned about my current situation and immediately running to God about my fears. I, too, an desiring my cloud desperately. But this devotion helped me to correct my vision and my focus. I have stop minimize my attention on my problems and increase my focus on my Jehovah Jireh. Thank you so very much.

  4. This is exactly what I needed this morning. Thank you

  5. Just want to say this devotional spoke to my heart, it brought to my mind one scripture that has been very vital in my life the last couple of years. Proverbs 16:9, “We make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps”. I was telling a friend the other day that I know God does not force us to make any decision or go any direction, He gave us free choice, but she was talking about being worried if we make the wrong choice, I told her that I had faith that if we (those that truly want to give God control) make a wrong choice God is faithful to redirect us to where we need to be, because we have given Him complete permission to do so by having the desire to be completely in His will. That is when we have given him the reins of our entire lives. My God is faithful.

  6. I have been waiting for the answer to my prayers for many years, waiting in the desert, but I know God has a plan and in His time it will be revealed. Thank you for this timely reminder.

  7. I had to smile when I read the part about a blinking neon arrow. I have often prayed, “God, a flashing neon sign would be awesome right now,” whenever my decisions and thoughts feel unclear. Thanks for a good reminder that even though we don’t always get alerted in Heavenly neon God’s still guiding and directing.

  8. Michele M Green says:

    The timing on this is so perfect, I am struggling with a decision that will affect us financially, I don’t want to stay in my current situation because of money but I don’t want to not be smart in the decision either and be selfish , I have been praying for clarity and to let go of fear of insecurity, it’s a comfort to know that whichever way I chose He will still be there with me

  9. This was spot on for me in my life right now. That’s how God works huh? Thank you for the reminder that God is there through every decision and path whether right or wrong. His grace is sufficient. Have a wonderful day.

  10. Also, exactly what I needed today to comfort me regarding decisions I made years ago regarding treatment for my daughters symptoms that led to her abuse of prescription meds.

    • Prayers for you that God’s peace will wash over you, and for your daughter that God’s hand will bring an awakening of His love f
      or her, her need for Him and a love for Him.

  11. Angela Carter-Orr says:

    Tracie,
    Thank you so much for sharing this. It is so reassuring to read that I am not the only one who prays that God just knock her down with the “right” answer and/or make the “wrong” options disappear from my radar, but you also reminded me that even if I miss-step…He is still with me. Thank you.
    I also love your prayer that decision-making be an extension of faith, and not an exhaustion of our own effort. That is now part of my own prayers.
    I don’t know if you wrestle with what to write, but this morning’s message has sure been a blessing. Thank you.

  12. My husband is a minister. We are without a church right now and We have many prospects. I know what I want but I am afraid my choice is not my husbands or God’s. I want God’s will because I know that is the only way we will be happy.

  13. Donna johnson says:

    I felt this is only a difficulty I have. Not knowing what decision to make or if no decision is even better. I’ve made so many wrong ones I have no faith in my decision making. I trust God and TRY to wait for direction but I become impatient and sometimes try to speed God up or coax him into seeing it my way.
    I have learned to prepare and ready myself for either direction but to stand and wait for the green light. If the green light doesn’t come I know it’s not safe to move forward!

  14. Thank you for such a wonderful message. I think I need to pray for guidance from our lord each day. Sometimes I want my way,

  15. I love that this devotion came at the end of a similar week for me when I wasn’t sure I was making the right decisions, I wanted confirmation that I was on the right path. God often uses a restless nights sleep to indicate that I’m on the wrong path with something or someone. So after 3 restless nights waking up at odd times with weird pains, I wasn’t sure what God was up to but I knew it was something. The more I read through my bible and daily devotions on that third day, the more it became clear that I was worrying too much and that is not what God wants. God will guide me through everything if I paid attention to him and not my circumstances. I too left my morning quiet time with a big smile on my face and the most peace that I had experienced in almost a month.

  16. I usually don’t comment on anything but I can’t even begin to tell you how this was so much God inspired for my weary soul!! Through the unknown of infertility and trying to decide when to pursue adoption, to keep doing treatments or to be content with my one sweet blessing–it gets tiring. I’ve literally been asking for signs! Thank you so much for this! I’ll be keeping it to re-read over and over through my own wilderness.

    • Jill—I read another devotional today that had the scripture about Rejoicing oh barren one!!!!! What it is saying is not to rejoice in whatever the “Barren” issue is, and that could be in the area of children, or financial, or health whatever area where there is lack is a barren area. We are to rejoice because it was all paid for on the cross. Jesus took those barren areas from us. It said to see your situation fulfilled. So my dear please see yourself with a baby or babies, see yourself pregnant or signing adoption papers, see that Jesus bore that barren place on the cross and now see him fulfilling the desires of your heart. I am believing with you. I truly believe the Lord Jesus is going to do what you ask of him. Luke 1:37….

    • Jill I too am in a season of waiting for God to bless us with a baby. I suffered an early miscarriage a month ago and this spoke to me.

      “God didn’t lead them down the short path, possibly one that was easier, because they might not have felt the need to fully rely on Him. Or they might have been tempted to take a wrong path when things got tough. Because of this, God led them through the more difficult path, around the desert and toward the Red Sea. It was a long, difficult journey but God was always before them. They trusted God to lead the way, even if they didn’t understand it, and their lives and faith were saved as a result.”
      Prayers for you and your family!

    • Jill,
      I have also been going through the infertility journey for a few years. Right before I got to your comment, I had closed my eyes praying for more scripture to help me keep my faith and hope alive. This journey can feel so isolating and painful, and this week has been particularly taxing. I’ve been reading Proverbs31 devotions daily for six years and never left a comment. But I was so moved when I opened my eyes and immediately saw your comment with the word infertility – Talk about a cloud! Our Lord is always with us; He will never forsake us! Thank you for showing courage. You are not alone. And thank you, Tracie, for reminding me of the Lords’s faithfulness. Prayers and love to you all!

    • My husband and I also in waiting for an answer to the same request, whether biologically or through adoption.

      Two years into our marriage I believe I experienced an early miscarriage. After a period of prayer and fasting,and reading a specific Bible passage, I felt strongly that we were promised three children and at least two of them boys. About a year later,we finally found out we were expecting.We now have two boys…:-)
      It’s been almost 6 years since our youngest was born.
      Not really sure how to pray anymore. Have definitely prayed the the “blinking,neon sign prayer” more than a few times! Part of me feels selfish for even asking for another baby when we already have been so incredibly blessed with two and realizing that some other couples have none. I have even prayed that God just take the desire to have another child away. But it has still remained even though I’m nearing 40. If I did truly hear the Holy Spirit that day on my knees over 10 years ago, I am praying for God to keep my faith strong in His perfect plan. About 6 months ago during a prayer service at our church, I heard the song Thy Will by Hillary Scott. At that time I didn’t know the story behind her song, but it truly ministered to my heart. After praying all that I know to, I know nothing else to pray except for, “Thy will be done!”.
      His way, His plan, His timing is best for us.

      If you haven’t heard it, maybe this song will bless you as well.

      Thy Will https://g.co/kgs/29Md0d

  17. So needed this! Praying God is with me on this path! Amen

  18. Thank you Tracie! You cannot imagine how much God has used your words to bless me today! I can so relate to the cloudy mind, and being afraid to make the wrong decision. I too keep asking God to show me the way. Then I worry that I’m not doing something I should. That mindset is a throwback to my old thinking that everything depended on me. Thank you for reminding me that God will still be with me, even if I make the wrong decision. In fact, He will most assuredly use it to grow my faith. How can that be bad?! I just need to step out in faith and trust Him to be there with me, just like He always is.

  19. I needed this today! Making a decision today that wasn’t expected, but I pray it’s the one God wanted us to make. Thank you!

  20. Thank you so much for this devotional. Spot on and full of wisdom. Exactly what I needed to hear today.

  21. Lorri McGruder says:

    That was a great message. It reminds us that if we trust in God at all times, we will not be lost for long. Thanks for the reminder.

  22. I can totally relate to your feelings! I too wonder at times if I’m hearing God’s voice or if it’s my own emotions controlling my thoughts. Thank you so much for allowing God to work through you – you have blessed me today!

  23. Can you read my mind? Oh my! From my thoughts and feelings to your words!!! Exactly what I needed to hear! God used you to touch me this morning! Thank you for being willing to share your wisdom.

  24. I love Proverbs 31 ministries! This devotional gave me life this morning! Made my Friday. It was definitely something I needed to read. Trusting the Lord in the process………..

  25. Hopeful in Hershey PA says:

    Letting the cloud (GOD)) guide us. …isn’t the easiest thing to do. The path to forgiving others who have hurt or wronged us and the decision to trust again is very difficult for some of us out there. But i heard today that forgiving others and truly meaning it can heal you by just saying…”You owe me nothing” and making the decision to let the “cloud” guide us to a better life than the one we are in.can bring true happiness and joy and perhaps healing that God has been denying us because of our disobedience to his commands. So yes…that cloud might lead me to difficult places…but in the end its where God is. And i for one want to be where he is. So let the cloud guide me!!!! :D…Amen!!

  26. Kristina Rios says:

    Great word and a timely one at that! Our family is in the middle of making a big life decision and my husband has several paths laid out in front of him and is afraid to choose the wrong path. I shared this with him this morning and it really helped with clarity! Loved what you said at the end “Regardless of the decisions we make we will never be on any path alone.”

  27. Once again truly GOD uses Proverbs31.org to speak to me right where I’m at! I have literally said “I want a neon sign directing me in the steps I should take!” Please Proverbs31.org-ers keep my MONUMENTALLY FAILING 26 year marriage in your prayers. I have many voices–my Christian therapist, my daughters, family members saying: “Separate from your husband” my brother and his wife even have a rental property that unexpectedly became available that I and my two youngest–12 & 15 could move into. But I still say: JESUS, you say Your Grace is sufficient! I pray Ezekiel 36:26 over my husband and Know that our Heavenly Father is in the RESURRECTION BUSINESS! Truly, through all this mess I have finally come to the place where I say with all confidence “Not my will Lord, but Yours be done” GOD’s timing is perfect and He will make the way so as The Isaac’s sing “Be Still, And Let GOD move” Pray that I will continue to Be Still and not be hung up on “is this a sign” “is that a sign!”

    • Jennifer, I’m surprised that your Christian therapist is advising you to leave your husband. Unless, of course he is abusing you. I have been separated for 8 months now. I am still praying for restoration and healing in my 15 year marriage. Faith requires patience (which I am not too good at, but getting better…Lol). Proceed cautiously and very prayerfully before you move.

      • God has made so many changes in me while I wait. Like strengthening my trust in HIM…and strengthening my faith. God never moves in our time. His plans are so much bigger then ours.

      • My therapist is coming from the perspective that things need to be “shaken up”; either the girls and I leave and my husband continues his destructive/depressive behavior (and so the move was justified) OR he will “hit rock bottom” realize he should seek help/counseling and in EITHER scenario the move will have been worth it.
        My husband is verbally abusive (shrieking, slamming doors/objects) slammed doors so hard windows break, throws objects, can’t sleep–so this loud behavior could begin @ 3:30 AM.

        I have to say since last Thursday there has been a calm and I am praising GOD about it.

        I Believe GOD’s “perfect timing” will allow the girls and I to have a home somewhere–even if it is not the house my brother has–if a move is necessary AND that if separation is the next step, GOD will cause him to leave the marital home or something. Does that all make sense? I tell my 24 year old and my therapist – I don’t want to have Stockholm Syndrome and say “this is all normal” but moving the girls, our cat and myself from everything they’ve ever known to basically an empty house is not something I take lightly.

        I appreciate your response!

        • Jennifer….yes, I understand. Just know that God loves you and will never leave you or forsake you. Joshua 1:9. HE is our hope! I’ll pray also for your situation. I am lonesome for my husband but had to ask him to leave because of a “cheating” text I found. So, I understand that sometimes we need drastic measures to protect ourselves and yes, to wake them up. While we are apart, I have been learning so much about “love”, Godly, love, and forgiveness. God never wastes a trial. Our Lord has great plans for us! Believe it! Wait and watch!

  28. Oh my,Tracie…you hit the nail right on its head!!! Thank you for sharing this message of HOPE to us all. To God be the glory!

  29. Jesse Noel says:

    Amen! Reading today’s devotion brought to mind the song “I Am Not Alone” by Kari Jobe. I am so thankful for God’s constant presence in our lives! What a comfort it is to know that even when I am unsure of the path, I can be assured that He will always be there to guide me. Thank you for the reminder that the path God has chosen for us isn’t always going to be the short path, yet He be constantly with us regardless of the terrain.

  30. Sally Ann Price says:

    Great devotional. I knew how you felt. I have been there. Thanks for sharing this.

  31. Praise God! Just what I really needed to hear today! 🙂 I too worry about God’s guidance instead of believing that He’s guiding me when I’ve asked for His help. I’ve also been praying for healing of a health problem for twenty years. Reading your message made me realize that my faith HAS grown through the my time on this longer, more difficult path. God bless you Tracie!

  32. How do I know that I am taking the right path?

  33. Traci Lacayo says:

    I am having a hard time trusting God with the issues going on in my life. Its frustrating because I want things to go a certain way. I just have to keep remember “Be still and know I am God.”

  34. Wow! I needed this today. I’m unable to work right now , due to my health. I have an up coming surgery and my husband who’s not saved is stressing out over money. We literally have $ 2,000 worth of rent, car payments, car insurance etc that we have no idea how we’re going to make it. I told my husband just tonight that some how God will carry us through. I don’t know how, my husband said I hope your right and your God is a powerful as you think he is. I just got done praying and reading this devotional and asking God to walk through this all with me. Cause I can’t do it on my own.

  35. Wow, I feel that I could have written this devotional as it speaks to exactly what I’ve gone through recently. God has brought me back to my husband after three years of separation. This was after much praying, asking for signs (“speak to me through a burning bush or donkey”), and fear. After I relinquished control and gave it over to God, He’s led me back and I know He has me because He will never leave me nor forsake me. He is working out everything for my good because I love Him and call upon His name all the time! God’s promises are true! Thank you so much for this reminder.

    • Hi Cynthia. Reading your statement reminds me that I need to be still and trust God that He will do hos work. God will never forsaken us. Currently, my husband has left the home and it has been very difficult, but through God’s strength I get through every day. I continue to pray everyday for restoration. Your right, we have to give it all to God because he is in control. Thanks for sharing your miracle story. It gives me hope.

  36. Tracie, thank you for this beautiful devotional! I would really like a cloud to follow sometimes too! I was just reading in john 14 how Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Even when we don’t know the way… even when we forget what Truth looks like… when we don’t know where our Life is going, we have all those things, wrapped up in a Person, the One who’ll never leave us! thank you so much for sharing. -Laura Jane, howtobless.com

  37. I was facing a difficult decision on just last night. I’m going through a divorce. The opposing counsel offered me a settlement in which I would still pay my spouse. It’s a terrible offer but it would avoid going to trial. If we go to trial I could lose everything. The settlement offer made me very upset and uncomfortable. I could do nothing but cry and pray. As I continued to pray God made it clear to me that anything of anger and frustration is not of God. That I should not take the settlement offer; God has already prepared for me a blessing. I must hold onto my faith and trust him. With that I informed my attorney that we would not be settling. However, my attorney continued to advise me that I should settle. I will continue to trust God despite my attorney and despite the possibility of losing all. God already informed me that I am a conqueror and I am victorious. Therefore, I know that I will come out on top. He is guiding my every step. We must remember to always trust God, especially through difficult times.

  38. Merle Nursten says:

    I need a little help…so I am quite comfortable where I am now. God brought me here to heal and for a season, I am so clear about that. My story is a very long but I was brought to my knees and I’ve a done a lot of growing and healing but now I’m at a crossroads. I had to move towns on this journey and my son (17) stayed with my brother. I have a little job which is fine and supporting me and my son to a certain degree. So my question is I want to move back and start a new life with my son (his father my husband died) and I have been actively looking for a job for sometime now but the doors keep shutting and I know this means its not what God wants. So I’ve been praying a and I keep getting the message just wait, I’ve got this, just wait. So do I wait and keep sending out my CV or do I just wait and pray? I don’t thinkni can just sit and pray and hope a job will land in my lap. I’ve been praying for few things I really need and Gods not giving them to me which is fine, I get the lessons, but I hate sitting doing nothing.

  39. I read these words by John Piper this week, and they have literally rocked my world:

    “The critical question for our generation—and for every generation—is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?”

    If I’m blatantly honest, I’ve become so comfortable in my faith lately that I’ve fallen out of love with Jesus. I love Him, but He’s not my first love nor is He my first priority each day.
    Right now, my major decision (or question) is how to get back to the place where I wouldn’t want to be in Heaven unless Christ were there….

  40. kelly meredith says:

    this devotional spoke to my heart. the last few years i have been observing the clouds. it brings me peace. to see the beauty in them and to praise Jesus.

  41. Deborah Clay says:

    Thank you for sharing from your hear. I would just like to remind though that most of Israel died in the wilderness because of unbelief. They did not take the promised land because of unbelief: [Num 14:1-45 NASB] 1 Then all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. 2 All the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron; and the whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 3 “Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become plunder; would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4 So they said to one another, “Let us appoint a leader and return to Egypt.” 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces in the presence of all the assembly of the congregation of the sons of Israel. 6 Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, of those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; 7 and they spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. 8 “If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us–a land which flows with milk and honey. 9 “Only do not rebel against the LORD; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the LORD is with us; do not fear them.” 10 But all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Then the glory of the LORD appeared in the tent of meeting to all the sons of Israel. 11 The LORD said to Moses, “How long will this people spurn Me? And how long will they not believe in Me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst? 12 “I will smite them with pestilence and dispossess them, and I will make you into a nation greater and mightier than they.” 13 But Moses said to the LORD, “Then the Egyptians will hear of it, for by Your strength You brought up this people from their midst, 14 and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land. They have heard that You, O LORD, are in the midst of this people, for You, O LORD, are seen eye to eye, while Your cloud stands over them; and You go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and in a pillar of fire by night. 15 “Now if You slay this people as one man, then the nations who have heard of Your fame will say, 16 ‘Because the LORD could not bring this people into the land which He promised them by oath, therefore He slaughtered them in the wilderness.’ 17 “But now, I pray, let the power of the Lord be great, just as You have declared, 18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations.’ 19 “Pardon, I pray, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Your lovingkindness, just as You also have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” 20 So the LORD said, “I have pardoned them according to your word; 21 but indeed, as I live, all the earth will be filled with the glory of the LORD. 22 “Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice, 23 shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it. 24 “But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land which he entered, and his descendants shall take possession of it. 25 “Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valleys; turn tomorrow and set out to the wilderness by the way of the Red Sea.” 26 The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 27 “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making against Me. 28 “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; 29 your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me. 30 ‘Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 31 ‘Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey–I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected. 32 ‘But as for you, your corpses will fall in this wilderness. 33 ‘Your sons shall be shepherds for forty years in the wilderness, and they will suffer for your unfaithfulness, until your corpses lie in the wilderness. 34 ‘According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition. 35 ‘I, the LORD, have spoken, surely this I will do to all this evil congregation who are gathered together against Me. In this wilderness they shall be destroyed, and there they will die.'” 36 As for the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land and who returned and made all the congregation grumble against him by bringing out a bad report concerning the land, 37 even those men who brought out the very bad report of the land died by a plague before the LORD. 38 But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh remained alive out of those men who went to spy out the land. 39 When Moses spoke these words to all the sons of Israel, the people mourned greatly. 40 In the morning, however, they rose up early and went up to the ridge of the hill country, saying, “Here we are; we have indeed sinned, but we will go up to the place which the LORD has promised.” 41 But Moses said, “Why then are you transgressing the commandment of the LORD, when it will not succeed? 42 “Do not go up, or you will be struck down before your enemies, for the LORD is not among you. 43 “For the Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you, and you will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following the LORD. And the LORD will not be with you.” 44 But they went up heedlessly to the ridge of the hill country; neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses left the camp. 45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as Hormah. Agape,
    Debbie

  42. This devotional is such a blessing to me this morning. I’m in a period of unrest in several areas of my life right now, and the road is difficult. But I pread Psalms 143:8 every morning trading trust in God and asking “show me the way I should go for to you I entrust my life.” I’m trusting He will show me, and praying for the vision to see his direction. I am needing to return to work as I am my sole supporter and have sent out many resumes and cover letters for positions I thought right whether I could work for God, but nothing is coming through yet. I must trust that He will open the door for me and place me where he wants me. Easy…no….I pray not to be anxious. Thank you for showing me I do not walk alone as I have God, but also a community of others who understand this difficult path and feeling of being in the wilderness.

  43. Thank you Tracie for this well-timed devotion. I feel like I’ve made bad decisions and fear that there is no chance to recover from them. I’m desperately praying for God’s guidance here and have often wanted a neon sign too! “Praying that decision making will be an extension of my faith, not an exhaustion of my efforts”.

  44. Hmmm…must be nice to get clarity & wisdom when you pray for it. When I pray, I get nothing…just silence. How come God gives some people peace & strength & not others? I pray EVERYDAY for wisdom, discernment, joy, peace, comfort, hope, healing, but everyday all I get is silence. I leave my prayer closet more confused then when I entered.

    • CJ, I hear the pain and confusion in your voice. Many times I have wondered why I haven’t heard that clear voice of God telling me what to do or where to go. But in those times I just know, I must have faith that somehow, some way God will make my path clear. It could be a phrase from a song, a comment from a stranger, a prayer on the radio. a devotional blog … He can and will use anything or anyone to come together for our good. But please, please don’t lose hope or let the evil one tell you your Lord doesn’t care about you. This time of testing can be very scary, I know. But I can trace almost every bad decision to a lack of faith. So hold on!! God loves you so much!
      One of my favorite scriptures is Joshua 1:9
      ” Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
      So even if you don’t have the answers yet you are seeking, know, really know, that you are NEVER alone.

      • Sheril, I echo how CJ feels. Same thing, Everyone hears and see clear directions from our Father. I pray for that. So very hard to understand, have faith and to trust. Silence is not golden

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