Scripture: Exodus 13-15. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Lord told Moses to consecrate to Him every firstborn male among the womb of the Israelites, man or animal. This dedication practice was to remind the people of their deliverance through God. God led His people around by the desert road by the Red Sea to avoid fighting with the Philistines. The Lord went ahead of the Israelites in a pillar of cloud to guide their path during the day and a pillar of fire by night. God hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he pursued the Israelites. Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the waters were divided. Pharaoh’s entire army lost their lives in the sea, and God had saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians. Moses and the Israelites sang a song to the Lord in Exodus, Chapter 15. Moses lead the people into the Desert of Shur, and for three days, they traveled without finding water. When they arrived in Marah, they could not drink the water, for it was bitter. The people began to complain. When Moses cried out to the Lord, He showed Moses a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. The Lord then made a decree and a law for His people, promising that if they listened carefully to the voice of the Lord and did what was right, God would not bring upon them any of the diseases He had put upon the Egyptians.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God always knows what is best for our lives. He doesn’t always work in the ways that seem best to us. Instead of guiding the Israelites along the direct route from Egypt to the promised land, He took them on a longer route to avoid fighting with the Philistines. He knew what was best for them, just like He knows what is best for us. Trust God, for he will lead us safely around unseen obstacles. He knows the best route. The Hebrews looked to the pillars of cloud and fire for guidance, for they knew God was leading them. We can look to the Bible, God’s Word, at any time of the day to know that He is always with us. The Israelites felt that they were not protected and were afraid for their lives when they saw the Egyptians. They hadn’t put their complete trust in God to save them. When we focus on God’s faithfulness in the past, we can face hard circumstances with confidence rather than with fear and complaining. Sometimes it is easy to complain and grumble when things aren’t going the way we would like them to. We must be patient and wait upon God for His kindness and help. He is trustworthy.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, we know that You have mapped out the best plan for each and every one of our lives. We know that we get impatient in life and are too quick to grumble and complain when things aren’t going the way we want them to. Help us to be patient. Help us to put complete trust in You, waiting for Your kindness and help. You are trustworthy, God, and we thank You for that. Please guide our everyday paths, and please forgive us for our sins. We love You. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.