11. a. Numbers 9:15-23 The cloud directed the Israelites‘ further travel to the Promised Land —
Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle. NLT
b. When Pharaoh’s army pursued the Israelites, the cloud protected them by obscuring the army’s view.
And the Angel of God Who went before the host of Israel moved and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before them and stood behind them,
Coming between the host of Egypt and the host of Israel. It was a cloud and darkness to the Egyptians, but it gave light by night to the Israelites; and the one host did not come near the other all night. Exodus 14:19-20 AMP
The cloud may have shielded them from the extreme heat of the desert sun by day, and the fire likely provided heat by night. I’d never thought of that. God is so good!
c. While I was growing up, our family moved across country when my Dad attended seminary. We moved several times afterward and made many shorter trips to conferences and events.
He also took all of us on mission trips to Mexico, an Indian reservation, prisons, orphanages, and a mental hospital.
My parents weren’t the best navigators, so we ended up on some treacherous roads due to wrong turns. Bad weather conditions, too. Even though I was about six or seven, I vividly recall feeling terrified more than once. It’s a miracle we always arrived safely.
Thankfully, through all the times my parents could and by all accounts should have freaked out, they didn’t. And they never complained or expressed fear. Even when finances were scarce. What a wonderful example of faith!
As an adult driver, I a near miss seemed miraculous. I was in the center lane surrounded by traffic. The lane to my left was coming to an end. The cars to my left didn’t stop or have anywhere to go. I couldn’t stop for fear of being rear ended. I braced for what seemed like an inevitable impact on both sides. In an instant, the situation resolved. I still can’t imagine any scenario other than miraculous.
12. a. God’s promises to guide us—
Psalm 25:5—We can live with hope because He promises to teach me and save me.
John 8:12—Jesus is our light in this world. If we follow Him, we won’t be left to stumble around in the dark.
Hebrews 1:1-3—Jesus is the mirror image of God. If He led the Israelites, He will lead us, too.
James 1:5—I love the NLT on this—”If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
I would love to research other verses, but don’t have time. If you thought of others, please share in the comments below.
b. Many times over the years when I’ve asked for guidance about a job opportunity or finances, the Holy Spirit brings the following verse to mind—”Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33
Sadly, I often found that answer frustrating since I was perpetually under-employed, underpaid, or an unpaid volunteer. Like I am now. Volunteer “jobs” are much easier to come by.
One time I think He said, “Use your head.” I’m still unsure if that was God. Although, it did encourage me. I was at my lowest point and had zero self-confidence.
Even though we haven’t starved, it feels like we’ve lived in famine mode for years now. I still find myself trying to think of some way to work a part-time paying job, or find a way to make money at home, but leaving Dad alone isn’t possible.
Maintaining a blog has costs, too.
Since I’m seeking first the kingdom of God, it’s His responsibility??
c. God guides us today by—
- speaking to us directly
- through the words of other people
- dreams and visions
- discernment or knowing in our “knower” as one minister calls it
- peace or lack of peace
- confirmation via one of the ways listed above
- Unlimited other ways
A Scottish minister I knew years ago said, “We are better led than we know.” I think of that often.
It goes along with Proverbs 3:5-6—
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
I long for the clarity some profess to have.
Although, Mother Theresa didn’t. She said, “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust.”
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Above are MY answers—not THE answers—to BSF study questions.
Please feel free to add your thoughts in the comments.