Many years had passed since Pharaoh’s daughter had found Moses in the basket by the edge of the river. While Moses lived with his family, his parents taught him to know and love God. When he was about 12 years old, he went to live with Pharaoh’s daughter in the king’s palace.
Moses had grown to be a wise man, and God had chosen him to lead the Israelites away from the cruel Pharaoh in Egypt to a better land.
When the Israelites left Egypt, they crossed the Red Sea and soon found themselves in the desert. What is a desert like? Yes, it’s hot and dry and full of sand; very hot during the day and very cold at night. Wild animals lived there. But God had a special plan to keep them safe and to make sure they wouldn’t get lost. God led them in a wonderful way.
During the daytime the Israelites could see above them a huge cloud rising up like a pillar into the sky. The cloud moved forward slowly, and they moved with it, for God was in the cloud leading them. But the cloud did more than just show them where to go. During the heat of the day, the cloud gave them shade to keep them cool. It protected them from the burning sun.
At night, when it was cold and dark, the Israelites didn’t need a cloud. The Israelites needed light and warmth. And that was when the huge cloud became a pillar of fire. The fire gave them light at night. It helped to keep them warm in the cold desert. And it probably scared away any wild animals.
God had come up with the perfect way to protect and lead His people. Day or night the Israelites could always see that God was leading them and keeping them safe. They knew He was protecting them, and they praised Him for His care.
We can thank God for taking care of us, too. He watches over us and leads us every day. We don’t see a cloud or fire, but we know that God still protects us. Let’s remember to thank Him for taking good care of us.