Kiana González Cedeño
In today’s reading, we see some amazing things happening. First, in chapter 13 God gives the command to consecrate the first born in honor of the covenant He made with His people. We then see the Moses part the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross and flee Egypt. In chapter 14, we see The Lord fight for the Israelites, and God overtakes the Egyptians that were persecuting the Israelites. Finally, we have the Song of Moses and Miriam, where they are worshipping and thanking God for His faithfulness.
A verse that I find encouraging and important to reflect on as we think about our relationship with God is Exodus 13:21-22 where it says:
“By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people”Exodus 13:21-22
These verses exemplify God’s incredible faithfulness to His people. We see in this chapter how He meticulously plans the course for the Israelites (Ex. 13:17), but more importantly guides them. This is a great reminder because sometimes obstacles in life seem lonely, or that God throws us in the middle of a hardship and just waits to see how we will do. As we go with God, these verses serve as a great reminder that the Lord will fight for you (Ex. 14:14) and will guide us in the journey that He has set out for us-we just need to be still and trust in Him (easier said than done!) Just as God went ahead of us to secure our journey, Jesus went ahead FOR us, taking up the ultimate battle against sin and emerging victories.
I hope that these verses help you see God in a new vision and that it can offer a new perspective when it comes to strainously difficult journeys through hardship and challenges.