Then will the LORD create, over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her place of assembly, A smoking cloud by day and a light of flaming fire by night. Isaiah 4:5
The swing bus. In my profession, it is a generation source that adjusts its output for the system to keep its balance. The balance is between the output of generation sources and consumption of load sinks. When power is more than the demand, the swing bus adjust its supply to keep the system balance. When there is an imbalance due to the fact that load consumption is greater than the generation, the swing bus boosts its provision to bring the system into equilibrium.
The logic is simple yet significant. The swing bus adjusts itself to create balance. Give more when there is less, give less when there is more.
Is God a swing God? He knows when to give more when there is less. He knows when to give less when there is more.
The verse above proves this – Then will the LORD create, over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her place of assembly, a smoking cloud by day and a light of flaming fire by night.
When there is more sunlight, he gives a shade. When there is darkness around us, he gives light.
No. He is not a God whose like an automatic dispenser.
He is a God who knows what is our need – a smoking cloud or a flaming fire. He is a God who knows when is our need – day or night. He is a God who knows how much we need – over the whole site, over the assembly.
When there is too much sun burning our hearts with pride, he gives us humility. When there is too much light in us stealing his glory, he sends shadows. When we take control of the day and not him, he provides smoking clouds so we know he drives our lives.
When there is weakness, he provides strength to overcome. In our dimmed hospital rooms, he sends fire of healing. To the gloomy alleys of the homeless and forgotten, he gives refuge and stronghold. To the shady place of the alone and lonely, he makes his presence felt. Look into your night, wait for the light of flaming fire he holds.
All from God for us to keep us in balance.
God knows our needs. What it is, when we need it, how much we need it. And he dances swing.