“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” Exodus 13:21-22 (KJV)
The LORD had just worked out the deliverance of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Now He gives them the assurance of His presence, and His abiding with them with a pillar. By day it was a Pillar of cloud; by night a Pillar of fire. He would lead them by day and by night.
How did the Moses and the children of Israel know where to go? God was leading them with His powerful presence.
This Pillar was associated with the “Angel of the LORD” and with when Moses spoke with the LORD (Exodus 33:9-11). The Pillar was to stand between the Israelites and the Egyptians later before they would cross the Red Sea. He was their Guide and Protector. Notice too, that “He took not away the Pillar…” He is the Living Presence.
For the Christian that Pillar is the presence of GOD within every follower of Jesus Christ. He is that Cloud by day, and Fire by night. He is our Comforter, our Conviction, our Direction and Guide every moment of the day and the night (John 16:7-11). The Holy Spirit is Jesus Christ in you to lead and guide you to become like Jesus in living. That is the desire of every born again believer; to be like Jesus: loving the Father, doing the Father’s will, glorifying the Father, doing the work of the Father.
Living in the Presence of the LORD begins by following His Son Jesus Christ.