Trusting GOD in the WILDERNESS
January 22 Bible Reading: Exodus Chapters 13-15
When God led the children of Israel out of Egypt through Moses, the journey was meticulously planned by God beforehand. Even though the children of Israel was not a fighting force but consisted of 600,000 men on foot besides women, children and a mixed multitude (Exodus 12:37-38), they were referred to as “the armies of the Lord” (Exodus 12:41b, 51b) and they went up in “orderly ranks” out of Egypt (Exodus 13:18b). God did not allow the Israelites to go by the land of the Philistines even though it was a shorter way, 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. (Exodus 13:17-18a). There were many obstacles to be encountered in the wilderness journey starting with the Red Sea (Exodus 14) and the bitter waters at Marah (Exodus 15:22-25). However, God 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 (Exodus 13:21-22). We also read that the Angel of God was their navigator and their protector as well (Exodus 14:19).
Let us trust in God to lead us through in our wilderness journey into the Promised Land!