20 So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the wilderness. 21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. 22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.
For the Israelites, God’s will is established as a pillar of cloud and fire during night and day to reach that goal. For each believer of Jesus Christ, a goal is set; a ministry path is set. Would you look for God’s will or will you look for God’s leading to fulfill the purpose that God intended to complete in you through His Son Jesus Christ?
This is where we need to understand the difference between God’ s leading and God’s will.
In Ex 14:19 we can see the Angel of the Lord, who went before the camp of Israel moved and went behind them. Our Lord Jesus Christ the Rock of our Salvation represented in this incident as the Angel of the Lord. He was leading the camp of Israel by going front of the camp. Notice here the pillar is above the camp and the Lord is leading from the front. The Lord moved from the front to rear of the camp to protect the children from the enemies. At a later part we could see, when the pillar of cloud arises and move forward, the children of Israel also started their journey. This is God’s leading. Now notice that the cloud was above them that surrounds the entire camp. This is God’s will among the Israelites.
The cloud moved along with the camp wherever and whenever the Angel of the Lord led them. So, the will of God always surrounds us when we are under the leading of the Lord. Whenever we move to a new place or whenever we do a new task, God’s will is always present above us. God’s leading is always under His will and His will is always present as the presence of the Lord wherever He led you. We don’t have to worry about God’s will as long as we seek and obey His leading. We act on His leading and we rest under His will.