Re: Verse reading–Exodus 14:1-4, 10-31; 15:1-2, 20-21 (day five)
Exodus 14:12 Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.”
The people of God were already showing signs of “memory loss”. They had quickly forgotten about God’s power and faithfulness to act and protect them as they were being freed from Pharaoh’s captivity.
The Israelites had trusted God for their salvation (Passover) but were having difficulty in trusting God in their circumstances (wilderness). The cloud and pillar were close and present, but these people became less aware because of the tension, stress, and uncertainty of their circumstances.
The promise of Psalm 46:10-11 becomes our prescription for understanding and security 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. We do well to remember God’s promises and power in the midst of our circumstances.