All the Way Home
“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.”
Moses, writing in, Exodus 13:21–22 esvbible.org
All the way home!
God. With us. Before us. Behind us. Over us. Under us.
The Lord never calls or sends His people anywhere alone.
For His people this was a day of transformation.
For His people this was a day of escape.
For His people this was a day of freedom.
For His people this was a day of salvation.
Israel had been 430 years under the domination of Egypt. The first years were good years, with abundant food when the rest of the world suffered through famine.
Joseph had brought his father, Jacob, also called Israel, and all his family, into Egypt so they would live, and thrive.
Then, finally, a Pharaoh came to power who didn’t know Joseph, and Israel’s family became slaves, oppressed and harassed, and they began to cry to God for deliverance.
God called Moses, at the fine old age of eighty years, to go back to Egypt and lead His people back to their intended home, the Promised Land. Pharaoh had a different idea.
Make the slaves work harder with fewer materials.
Following a series of devastating plagues, Pharaoh allowed the Israelites to leave, although he would soon change his mind and pursue them.
During those early days of wandering, God’s people, brought out by Him for their salvation, were constantly under His care and provision, and would be all the way home.
We, the followers of Jesus, are also, from time to time, called by God to leave something, or somewhere, to go do something else, or to go somewhere else.
And, as with Israel, God never sends us alone, unprepared, adrift, or in the dark.
We receive the same benefit and blessing as His ancient people.
1. God guides our steps.
“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” (Ephesians 4:1)
Our path, our journey, our pilgrimage, has been planned and mapped out by the Lord. We are guided with certainty as we walk in obedience to the call of God.
2. God guards our safety.
When they travelled, when the raging Pharaoh pursued them, the people trembled, and even grumbled at Moses, but at the exact crucial moment, the Red Sea miraculously parted and the entire nation walked to the other side on dry ground.
When the army of Egypt chased after them, the waters rushed over the soldiers and, as the old song says, “Pharaoh’s army got drownded …”
3. God guarantees our security.
After forty years, a time significantly lengthened by the disobedience and grumbling of the people, God still brought them into the land He prepared for them.
Just before they entered the Promised Land, at the end of forty years, Moses reminded them:
“I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet.” (Deuteronomy 29:5)
No matter where we are at, as the followers of Jesus, newborn or Christians of many years, we have this promise.
“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”
We do not have a cloud, or a pillar of fire, guiding, guarding and guaranteeing our lives every day.
However, we do have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, the revelation from God in His Word, and the always open access of prayer to lead us, inform us, inspire us, correct us, comfort us, supply us, protect us and bring us eventually home to heaven.
Remember, all the way, God never leaves.
Soli Deo gloria!