And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.
As we read these final verses of Chapter 13 and God’s calls to our remembrance that His Name is I Am That I Am. I Am everything you need!
Psalms 113:4-6 declares, “The LORD is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, Who is enthroned on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in heaven and in the earth?”
After ssssoooo many years in slavery; the suffering, affliction, angst, abuse, and misery, the Israelites just wanted to be delivered…they just want out. I believe most of us can relate to a situation or circumstance pressing so hard that is all we know as well, we just want out. Get me out, Jesus, get me out, Now!
The Israelites know the promise of God, “…I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite (Exodus 3:8) and they are ready to receive it. We are so like them in this regard as well.
We are like the Israelites in that sometimes all we see is the present situation and what we desire the end to be. There is no thought to the middle…the working out and what it will take. Yes, the Lord is I Am That I Am and He holds everyone and everything in His hand. Yes, He does work instantaneous miracles BUT not always. I know somebody has lived enough life to say “Amen.”
Although the Israelites, had not given thought of the ‘go through,’ their God of grace and mercy knows all and has made provision. The Israelites were headed to a hot and burning desert and great wilderness and the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.” The Lord gave the people His glory, the visible presence of God who would be their shelter from the sun, light to lead and guide their way, tell them when and where to rest, and bring them through to His promise.
The Great I Am providing what was needed in this time in history for Jesus had not yet come. The Old Testament looked forward to the promise of His coming and now, after His crucifixion and resurrection, we look back in faith to His completed work. God has made provision for His children throughout all of history. No matter the season of life we find ourselves, God is the I AM THAT I AM, everything we need. The Father sent Jesus in the flesh and Jesus gives His Spirit to all who believes and receives Him as Lord and Savior.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:16-18, 25-26).”
Whatever you are facing today that may have you crying out, “get me out NOW”, look to God’s Word and walk in the Spirit of the Living God and you will find His grace sufficient for every need.
Be encouraged, just as “The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people,” God will not leave us either. He has promised to be with us even unto the end of the age! SHOUT NOW! HALLELUJAH!!!
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)”.