By the strength of the Lord, did He save His people. They were in bondage while under the pharaoh in Egypt, but God heard their cries and sent Moses and Aaron to help lead them to the promised land. It is written, “and it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the Lord slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem. And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt.” (Exodus 13:14-16) Notice how through the strength of the Lord’s hand, the people were redeemed. They were in bondage of slavery, but are now under God’s mighty protection.
As we read further on in Exodus, chapter 13, we will see how God began to protect His people. It is amazing in every way. Considering the Hebrew people who left Egypt in order to go to safety, it is written. “And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness. And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” (Exodus 13:20-22) So in the form of a tornado, or pillar of a cloud, God led them on their journey during the day. A pillar of fire coming from the heavens to the earth led them through the night. You can think of this pillar of fire like a raging wildfire but consistent in one stream from the earth to the sky. These same pillars also protected them from their enemies. Surely, God had a plan for His people, and these pillars demonstrated this perfectly. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that we will always remember how safe we are when we are under Your protection. So many people are in fear or under much anxiety because of sickness, death in the family, loss of jobs, financial issues, stockers, persecution, and many more things. So many things in life cause us to be fearful, but if we have You in our lives, there is no need to fear, but fear itself. For in death our Spirits will rise and go into paradise, where there is only peace, joy, love, and happiness. Sure, there are times, God, that my fear level is up especially when I am sick, people in my family are sick, times I’ve lost my job, and during a death in the family, but the fear dissipates quickly when I get down on my knees and pray. Your words in the Bible also soothes my soul. Surely, all I need is Your guidance and direction and I am much better off, even though things may appear difficult to bear on the outside. You have led me to safety so many times since I gave my life to You, Jesus. Thank You, Lord. I trust in You, God. I love You. Amen.