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I love reading the Old Testament. Reading these ancient writings helps me to understand who my ancestors were and what their faith looked like, but it also gives me a deeper perspective on the character of Yahweh. I learn so much about who He is, His heart and His commitment to His people. I see how my God still works in the lives of His people today as He did in the days of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses and how it all parallels to my life and my walk. I see that His character is consistent throughout history all the way through the present. Today, as I was reading Exodus, I became very aware of how the LORD is working similarly in my life and in my current journey as He worked in the lives and journey of the Israelites while he led them out of Egypt. Perhaps, He’s working the same way in your life, too.
When the LORD led the people out of Egypt, Exodus 13:17-18 says, “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them along the road to the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearby; for God said, “The people will change their minds and return to Egypt if they face war.” So He led the people around toward the Red Sea along the road of the wilderness. And the Israelites left Egypt in battle formation.”Picking up at verse 20, it says, “They set out from Succoth and camped at Etham on the edge of the wilderness. The LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to lead them on their way during the day and in a pillar of fire to give them light at night, so they could travel day or night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night never left its place in front of the people.” When I came across this passage, I stopped reading my bible and just paused. There was something that was suddenly pouring over my soul as I pondered this. Though, I had read over this passage in the past, today, it landed on top of me like a boulder, keeping me very still.