SUMMARY: God knows
OVERVIEW: God provides instruction for the dedication of the firstborn, more directives for the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and explains why he sent Israel the long way to the Promised Land, knowing some of the challenges they would face on the shortcut.
BIG IDEA: Thank God in all situations.
KEY VERSE: Exodus 13:17–18 (God’s wisdom)
When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. Thus the Israelites left Egypt like an army ready for battle.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I know you, I know your strengths, and I know your weaknesses, too. I know what you want and what you need. I know what you fear, and I know what brings you peace. In short, I know. When you feel afraid, remember I am with you. When you feel lost, look to me. When you are unsure, remember who I am and what I do. I will go before you in the day, and I will provide a covering in the night. Breathe slowly and deeply, knowing that you are secure.
Perhaps this helps explain why I allow you to experience specific trials and face challenges. I do all things with a purpose, and my plan for you is to impact the world, allowing others to learn about me. So fear not; you are never alone. When in doubt, remember who I am. Remember that I know you and that I know all.
Is it difficult for you to thank God in all situations? Try thanking him for being with you and being in control, even when you feel out of control. Think of something that frustrates you—a person or situation—and thank God that he knows all and is with you.