Exodus 14:19-20 – The Lord Stands Behind Us

Exodus 14:19-20
19
And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

-As the Hebrew people made their way out of Egypt and towards the Red Sea, the Egyptian Pharaoh caught up to them near Pihahiroth.  What has always struck me about this section of scripture is the Lord’s reaction to the situation.  Although He was personally leading the camp in the pillar of cloud, He understands that we humans often have trouble making forward progress because we are so easily hung up on what’s behind us.  So the Lord Himself goes behind the camp and stands in the way of the Egyptian army.  Why is this important?  The struggles and sins we leave behind have a way of catching up to us.  How comforting to not only see the Lord when we are moving forward, but to also see the Lord when we can’t help but look back.

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