“Then the angel of God, who had been leading the people of Israel, moved to the rear of the camp. The pillar of cloud also moved from the front and stood behind them.”
The Israelites were trapped. Before them stood the great Red Sea and behind them and almost overtaking them was the Egyptian army led by Pharaoh himself. There was no way out. Panic set in and so did the ‘why’ questions. “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt?” (v11).
Let’s just stop there for a moment. The Israelites had witnessed a marvellous miracle when they were allowed to walk out, un-challenged, from Egyptian slavery. They had witnessed God demonstrate His power through the Ten Plagues. And now, when faced with another hurdle (or better still, another opportunity to trust God), they crumbled in fear, complaint and desperation. Yet before we harshly judge the Israelites, aren’t we like that too? When faced with impossible situations, we too can crumble and forget all the times that God has been there for us in the past. So what happened?
Well, yet again God showed His power and might and stood behind the camp of Israel to protect them from an Egyptian onslaught. Today’s key verse tells us, that both the angel of the Lord and the pillar of cloud, moved from the front of the camp to the back of the camp to protect the Israelites. What does this tell us about God? Well, firstly, that He is incredibly merciful and powerful, and secondly, He has always got our back. Just as with the Israelites, in their time of need, He never left them, and neither does He leave us. God had their back covered, just as He has ours covered. God demonstrated to the Israelites that even in their most desperate time of need, He was behind them, protecting them and sheltering them from danger. Today, be encouraged, that whatever you face, God has got your back!!