Recently for morning devotion and bible study I came across one verse in Exodus 40. Verse 38.
The Cloud and the Glory
34 Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. 38 For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
This rang out to me. I mean think about. God is the lamp to their path. He needed something to keep sanction with them in. The Tabernacle, that could be erected where ever and when ever. God knew that they were going to come up against certain things that they would not be able to handle so he was with them 24/7. He was there in the tabernacle and traveling with them day and night in the functions noted in scripture. He lit the way for them. He was basically like a genie in a magic lamp, because we know the magic lamp was beautiful in it’s color of gold, then we also know that the tabernacle was gorgeous. God needed a clean house. He made sure there was laws they kept to keep the sanctuary holy and clean. You know God’s not a genie; nope, we get more chances than we know and if we opened our hearts and see the love and patience God really has for us we wouldn’t take Him for granted.