The other day, you and I discussed the promise of rain. It is an important thing to think about. This idea that, maybe the storm clouds don’t mean God has abandoned you…but that grace is on the way, God is on the way.
God has been putting that thought on my heart for a while now and this morning He opened it up to me even farther. I was reading this morning from the book of Exodus and a passage jumped out at me.
“When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door.”
So. If we’re going to accept that ours is a God who lives in the clouds, ours is the God who is the pillar of clouds, then there is a follow up question we must ask ourselves…do the clouds lead me to worship?
I notice two things about this passage from Exodus 33. The people knew that God’s interaction with their lives was a worship-worthy moment. They didn’t just recognize it though, they had their follow through. The nation of Israel for all its down-and-out-back-to-Egypt-worship-this-cowness, was faithful in this moment. They were faithful to worship God.
Here is the second thing I notice about this verse. They worshipped at the door. I just finished reading a book that was full of various letters and correspondences written by C.S. Lewis. It was a tough read, just because the man was so intellectual. However, the things that struck me the most, and the things that he wrote that will stay with me, are his thoughts on grief concerning the death of his friend Charles Williams and later in life, the death of his wife Joy Davidman. The grief weighed him down. Maybe you have something weighing you down. Maybe you have nothing left…energy, money, love, kindness, life…nothing left. Remember that God is there. He may not be moving the way you would wish Him too…but He is always moving. So let us worship Him. And when all we have the energy to do is just one thing, let it always be worship. If we’re not strong enough or brave enough to make it past the door of our own tent…let us use the last ounce of strength to worship God.
He is on the way.
He is on the move.
Lewis, W.H. And Walter Hooper. Letters of C.S. Lewis. Harper One, 2017.