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Exodus 13:17-22, The Pillars of Cloud, Fire

Narrative Lectionary Key Verse for Today

The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night.
— Exodus 13:21

NL Daily Devotion for Saturday, September 29, 2018

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by Rev. Stefanie Fauth, Clergy Stuff


God makes it clear that God wants what is best for the people of Israel. God takes the people the long way around to avoid battle - which makes sense!

Is the path the Israelites are on easy to follow? Who can say - what I do know is that God is in front of them, leading the way by day and by night.

Faith in the one true God doesn’t guarantee an easy life, free from hard roads - but it does guarantee that we are NEVER alone. God is always there to guide us, if only we can pay attention!

Maybe God isn’t a pillar of fire in your life. Maybe God shows up in that friend who checks in when you are having a hard day, to let you know you are loved. Maybe God shows up in an invitation to a new job when you have been feeling stagnant. Maybe God shows up in comfort you feel during times of loss. However you sense it, God is with you, all of your days!


Narrative Lectionary Daily Reading:

Exodus 13:17-22

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God thought, “If the people face war, they may change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people by the roundabout way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of the land of Egypt prepared for battle. And Moses took with him the bones of Joseph who had required a solemn oath of the Israelites, saying, “God will surely take notice of you, and then you must carry my bones with you from here.” They set out from Succoth, and camped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

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