Exodus 13:21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
Wow! I love this verse of scripture. Here is a beautiful picture of God leading his people through night and day seasons by going before them in a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire. The people weren’t left without a witness to follow and this must have been so encouraging for Moses in his leadership of what sometimes was a group of very difficult people to lead.
In our lives, we can too easily get distracted by the opinions and voices of the crowd. The crowd can have far too much influence in our lives than what God wants or intended. There will always be someone out there who thinks they know best for you and who has a wonderful plan for your life.
It’s in these moments, that you and I need a conviction that heaven has spoken and that God is going before us to make a way in both dark and light seasons of life.
What about you? Are you following the crowd or the cloud? God loves you and wants to lead you in such a significant way. Stay focused on the cloud before you.
John 12:27 “But for this purpose I have come to this hour.”
Jesus had an understanding of the call on his life but he was also aware of the challenges and distractions to that call. It’s so easy to be distracted from the call of God on your life but you need to have the same conviction that Jesus had, “For this purpose I have come to this hour.”
I heard Brian Houston once say, “Ministry is all about people but people can sometimes be your biggest distraction.” When Jesus was fulfilling his call on the cross, the crowd of people watching were calling for Jesus to come down from his call and identify with them. But Jesus knew that the greater purpose was to die for the very people who were wanting him to walk away from his call. Here are some distractions to avoid:
Don’t get distracted by the smallness of other people. People’s issues and offenses can cripple you in your call if you get bogged down in them. Love people but down lower yourself to play petty games with them.
Don’t get distracted by your critics. Someone, somewhere will always have an opinion about you and something you are doing. Measure the weight of the person’s opinion before you take it personally. Feedback from a person you respect is different to criticism from someone who is passing through your life.
Don’t get distracted by disappointments. We all make mistakes and things don’t always work out as planned. Sometimes we can let disappointments disable us from the dream in our hearts but disappointments are part of life. If you fail, at least fail forward and keep on walking.
Don’t get distracted by the crowd. There is a big difference between the crowd and the core. Crowds will come and go when the shine wears off but the core will stand with you through thick and thin. Jesus said, “I will build my church”. He didn’t say, “I will build me a crowd.”
Stay true to the call of God and be alert because the enemy prowls around looking for someone to devour.