“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so they could travel by day or night.” Exodus 13:21
Can you imagine being lost in a desert for 40 years? That was the fate of the Israelites. It was a long time with no security, peace, or knowledge of what was ahead.
But they were never alone. God was present in the cloud to guide them. Even at night they could see the pillar of fire and know that God was with them. As long as they followed this guide they knew that they were headed in the right direction.
We’re all just like the Israelites. Just as lost as they. If our lives have no meaning beyond ourselves, we have no point of reference, like Frank Peretti explains in this video. We don’t where we’re going or why.
But God gives gives us a focus. A direction. With him, we’ll never be lost.