"By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people." Exodus 13:21-22

Many of God's people are praying for deliverance out of certain situations.

God honors the prayers of His people.

As He persuaded Pharaoh to let His people go,

He led them not by the shorter route,

but by the longer route, the way of the desert,

considering that if they had met their enemies on the shorter route,

it may have discouraged them, and they may have changed their minds,

wishing to return to Egypt.

I wonder how many are on that longer path today,

incognizant that they are on the pathway of deliverance?

God made preparations for His people

to be delivered out of Egypt, prior to their exodus.

He prepared Moses and Aaron,

the leaders, with self-confidence and mind renewal.

God has sent those into our lives today,

who are instrumental in leading us, as well.

We may not recognize them,

for who they are.

Events have begun already to take place for some,

but His people are complaining still,

unmindful of the new path He has made.

For some, He has sent the pillar of cloud, in the day,

and the pillar of fire for the darkness,

but they are still groping, unable to see.

Upon the pathway of deliverance,

things will look absolutely hopeless.

We will often look in the rearview mirror,

only to see the enemy in hot pursuit.

But, as we keep our eyes focused upon the enemy,

little do we know, that just ahead,

God has prepared to part the waters,

so that we may go through safely!

I think, at this point of deliverance,

are many today.

God is ahead waiting with new direction,

and many are focused upon the enemy,

looking back, instead of straight ahead.

The pathway of deliverance has been prepared,

and God has ordered our footsteps.

He has prepared the way in the light of His Word,

by the fire of the Holy Spirit.

This is quite a combination, and with them, we cannot fail.

Instead of murmuring and complaining,

we would do well to keep our focus upon the pathways,

straight ahead, and to thank Him for the people and all the events which have taken place,

to where we are today.

God is leading us away from the Pharaohs of yesterday,

into the Kingdom He has prepared for each of us. . .

Into the lands of promise,

which He swore to our forefathers, to give us.

Balking, complaining will not get us there,

but discernment, wisdom, and understanding surely will.

We need to open our eyes,

Folks, and see the new things He is doing

and the new direction He is pointing to.

Many have failed to understand His new direction,

but now will be forced to take them,

due to events which have taken place.

The Lord Almighty will lash them with a whip,

as when He struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb;

and He will raise His staff over the waters,

as He did in Egypt. Isaiah 10:26

We are a blessed generation and our God is with us,

as He always has been, with His people.

He is moving us into the new things.

We must be able to perceive it and give Him thanks.

God is busy making all the plans.

We shall soon see His hand of great power and Glory!

Praise our Almighty God,

Ye, His people!

© 2008 Sandra Lewis Pringle