I’ve known about the times God appeared as the Angel of the Lord to people in the Old Testament. It’s called “theophany,” God appearing in a physical form. I’ve always thought of it as God in human form – which is true.
In Genesis 18, God appeared to Abraham as one of three men going to Sodom and Gomorrah. Jacob wrestled with the angel in Genesis 32. Afterward, Jacob said he had seen God face to face!
But appearing in human form isn’t the only theophany in Scripture. God revealed Himself to Moses in a burning bush, to Balaam in the form of a talking donkey. But until today I didn’t consider the fact God showed up in the form of the pillars of fire and cloud when the Israelites were traveling the wilderness for forty years. It was God Himself who led them. It was God Himself who protected them.
God didn’t just send help. He WAS the help!
I am comforted and encouraged by that realization today. God is not a distant, uninvolved being who merely points to an angel and tells him to rescue me. God is not pushing buttons on some cosmic control panel. He is right here in the trenches with me!
HE is my guide. HE is my protector. HE is my ever present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1).
Today I am overcome with the knowledge that God is all I need. I can rest in His arms, trust HIs will, and stand firm because He promises never to leave or forsake me.
God is here in this room, in my heart. And He will absolutely go with me into the day. God: all knowing, all powerful, ever-present.
I trust you know Him, too.