The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night (Exodus 13:21).
The Lord went ahead of the Israelites to show them the way. He only lit the path that was right in front of them though. He didn’t show them an exact map of the trip. I often want to see that map or the “why” before I move; but God seems to prefer when I just take each step as it comes. The “why” is often too big for my mind to fathom. That is why God breaks down his plan into small bite-size pieces or promptings.
Psalm 103:19 states that the Lord has made the heavens his throne and from there he rules over everything. God controls everything, whether by making things happen or by keeping the forces of darkness at bay. Sovereignty equals a controlling influence. Sometimes I fight this controlling influence because, let’s face it, I want to be in control of my own life. Doesn’t everybody? After all, that is why humanity fell back in the garden. Humans have a natural impulse to want control of their own lives and I am no different. Although I think I want to control everything, it is a better idea to have the One that can see the bigger picture do it. It is then that I can listen to the Lord’s calming influence and cease my fighting. Then I am better able to follow God’s prompts and life is richer and more rewarding.