Some people just have a hard time believing. No matter what God has done before, they still lack faith. The Israelites had recently witnessed ten plagues the Lord placed on the Egyptians but still murmured and complained that God and Moses led them into the wilderness to die. God will perform another miracle before their eyes in our passage. The parting of the Red Sea.
Read Exodus 13:17-14:31
The Lord led the people out of Egypt to the Red Sea with a visible presence. Exodus 13:21 explains, “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night.” That would be an awesome sight! The beauty of this passage is that God will lead and protect His people. The Lord leads His people by going before us and showing us the direction we must go. As Psalm 23:2-3 reads, “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
However, there are times we lose sight of the Shepherd but still can trust, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over” (Ps. 23:4-5). For Israel, God moved from before their face to behind them. Why? He moved from the front to back to keep the enemy from jumping on them from behind. We need to be more thankful of those times, that even when we can’t see God in front of us, to know that He is fighting our battles that are sneaking up on us.