Weekly Devotion – Exodus 16:10

Published 11:42 am Saturday, February 3, 2024

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By Mike Caton

Exodus 16:10, “While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the LORD appearing in the cloud.”

Sometimes when I read the Bible I wish I could get a little more information. I wish I could hear the tone something is said in, I wish I could see the person’s body language, and so forth. This is one of those times, I would love to see what the Israelites saw as they looked toward the desert. We’ve already talked about the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night that guided them. But what did that actually look like, we can imagine, but wouldn’t it be cool to actually know, to actually see that!

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And what did the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud look like? Was it something different than usual? These folks had been grumbling and complaining, they should have known they were doing wrong, and suddenly there is the glory of God! That would have to be a scary feeling. Maybe they wondered if God was about to zap them or something. They had seen the plagues in Egypt, the death of the firstborn, the Egyptians drowned in the Red Sea, maybe God was going to do something like that to them. We are not told of their reaction.

But doesn’t God’s glory appear to us as well today? There are many ways we can see God’s glory all around us, if we are looking. We often talk about the majesty of God in his creation. But what about some of the other ways. Have you ever spent any time watching children play? Have you ever witnessed an act of kindness to a stranger? Have you ever seen anyone’s life really changed for the better? Has a situation ever worked out for you when you knew things were going to crash and burn? God and his glory are all around us. But we need to be looking for it, we need to recognize it. And we need to thank God for those glimpses he gives us of himself.

Father, thank you for your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Mike Caton is the preacher at Mount Olive Church of Christ in Belhaven. He volunteers at the Ponzer Fire Department and works full time with Hyde County EMS. If you would like to receive daily devotions in your inbox, email mikecaton@centurylink.net.