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…
I. THAT THE GOOD ARE DIVINELY LED IN THE WANDERINGS OF LIFE. "The Lord went before them."
1. A visible Guide.
2. A competent Guide.
3. A faithful Guide.
II. THAT THE GOOD ARE OFTEN DIVINELY LED DURING THE WANDERINGS OF LIFE INTO VARIED AND UNSUSPECTED PATHS. "The edge of the wilderness."
1. God sometimes leads His people contrary to their expectations.
2. God sometimes leads His people contrary to the dictates of their reason.
3. God always leads His people into those paths which shall yield the most sacred and safe discipline to them.
III. THAT THE METHOD OF THE DIVINE LEADERSHIP IS ADAPTED TO THE CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE GOOD. "By day in a pillar of cloud," etc.
IV. THAT THE DIVINE LEADERSHIP SHOULD NOT BE MISTAKEN IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE ORDINARY AGENCIES OF LIFE.
V. THAT THE DIVINE LEADERSHIP IS SOLICITOUS TO LEAD THE GOOD TO THEIR PROMISED AND PEACEFUL DESTINY.
(J. S. Exell, M. A.)
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