Under The Cloud

Photo by Julie Ayers

Photo by Julie Ayers

“For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.  They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.  They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.  Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.

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Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.  Do not be idolators, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry.”  We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did–and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.  We should not test the Lord as some of them did–and were killed by snakes.  And do not grumble, as some of them did–and were killed by the destroying angel.

These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.

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So, if you think you are standing firm,

be careful that you don’t fall.  No temptation has seized you

except what is common to man.  And God is faithful.

He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.

But when you are tempted, he will also

provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Lord God, even the children of Israel who saw your miraculous provision day after day were tempted to turn away from you and to seek other sources of security and fulfillment.  And I am no different.  Temptations come.  Do I want to please my selfish nature or do I want to please you?  You know that I am mere dust.  You know that I need strength beyond my own strength to say no to ME and yes to YOU.  And you have given me cloud protection in my Savior Jesus who himself resisted all temptation and was found perfect in Your sight.  Through faith, Lord, you help me say “NO”, to turn away, to take a different path.  You even come to me when I am weak and have given into temptation and you forgive my sin, for Jesus’ sake.  Thank you for never leaving me nor forsaking me!  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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