And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that the one did not come near the other all that night. (Exodus 14: 19-20, emphasis mine)
The Israelites were trusting God to deliver them from bondage in Egypt. Every time Moses had been obedient to God and confronted Pharaoh things appeared to get worse instead of better. Now it appeared that they were finally out of Egypt and on their way to the Promised Land. But God did something unexpected and illogical in their eyes. He led them in an indirect route. Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt (Exodus 13: 17-18).
Often God acts on our behalf and we are clueless as to why. I smile when an unbeliever says that if there were really a God He wouldn’t do this or that. As if we mortals could comprehend the working of the mind of God! The Bible assures us that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways higher than ours.
I have long since my conversion quit trying to figure out His ways according to my logic. What I do know is that God hedges me in from in front and behind. This was evident in the case of His people. His intention was to destroy the entire Egyptian army once and for all. And to protect His people He put a wall of darkness between their enemies and themselves. I have to ask myself this question, “How many times has the Lord protected my life when I could not possibly see or understand?”
Father, I ask forgiveness for ever being afraid, and thank You for Your unseen protection. Chaplain Jim Freed is the Director of Men’s Addiction Recovery Ministries at America’s Keswick
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 10498-10519). . Kindle Edition.
Quote of the day: The best way to break a BAD HABIT is to build a GOOD HABIT. – Pastor Mark Batterson
Verse to Memorize: But the path of the righteous is like the light of the dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until the full day. The way of the wicked is like a deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble. Proverbs 4:18-19 ESV