Day thirteen: Exodus 13
I know for us on TOM team, the sat-nav in the car and Google Maps helps us to get literally everywhere. Without them we would probably still be lost in Cork somewhere!
Let’s just say that one of us struggles to get left and right correct when giving directions.
For the Israelites, having left Egypt to start their journey to the promised land, they unfortunately didn’t have any sat-navs or smartphones to give them directions and so it was probably a fairly daunting task to have to find their way to the promised land. Imagine getting those directions wrong, you would’ve had over 600,000 people getting quite annoyed with you.
Thankfully, they had God to guide them. Just like he had guided Moses and Aaron on what to say to Pharaoh and how to carry out the Passover meal, he guided them along the way to the promised land via a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.
The Bible tells us that these pillars never left its place in front of the people. Choosing to follow these pillars meant that the people would never get lost along the way. Yes, they could’ve chosen to stray away from the pillars or get distracted, but the pillars guided the way. The right way.
You see, this is the same for us. Whilst we don’t have a pillar of cloud or fire sent by God to guide us, we have God himself.
Just like these pillars, God will never leave us and will always be there in front of us to show us the way. All we have to do is choose to follow him. To ignore the distractions along the way and keep our eyes firmly fixed on him. Easier said than done, I know, but when you have your eyes fixed on God and you have deep roots and a grounding in the scriptures, then it will become easier.
God has a plan for every single person he has ever created. He loves us and wants to get to spend eternity with us, all we have to do is choose to follow him just like the Israelites chose to follow the pillar of cloud and fire. God guides us to our promised land. To his house where we will spend the rest of time with him.
Question for today: What are the distractions that take your eyes off God? How can you keep your eyes firmly fixed on God?