Throughout the Night.

Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long. Exodus 14:20 (NIV)

As Moses raised one hand over the Red Sea in obedience to God’s command, God drove the sea back with a strong east wind (vs 21)

Throughout the night. (vs 20)

All night long. (vs 20)

All that night. (vs 21)

Wow! That God would free His people in such a miraculous way was enough to demonstrate His unlimited power, but to perform the rescue in the night both reassures and intrigues me. 

The night depicted the Israelites situational darkness.

And God’s steadfast presence was with them… throughout the night. (vs 20)

All night long. (vs 20)

All that night. (vs 21)

Irregardless of the literal time of day—the clarity of the sky and brilliance of the sun—dark circumstances can engulf a person.

The brutal thunderstorms of disappointment or despair threaten to drown from the inside.

What manner of talk or laughter or song or wailing in fear might have been heard from the Israelites as they crossed on dry land? Scripture doesn’t say.

But no doubt God delighted in those who may have offered up praises at the feel of the dry land of a zippered sea while He had to grieve over those gripped by fear, faith faltering between the wall of water on their left and right.

Because in the midst of darkness, God’s presence never left them. 

Throughout the night. (vs 20)

All night long. (vs 20)

All that night. (vs 21)

Do you need to be reassured of His presence and provision throughout the night of your present situation?

No night is too dark for Him, nor enemy too strong.

Throughout your present “night”, be encouraged! He will make a way through to the other side, just in time to witness the water flow back into place, sweeping your “Egyptians” into the sea.

When have you experienced God’s presence throughout the “night”?

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8 Comments

  1. Such a good reminder. It can be so hard to remember God is near when we’re in the darkness. Sometimes we just have to trust because our feelings aren’t always reliable.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Right you are, Kelly! My feelings are often not reliable 🙁 I’m grateful for God’s supernatural ability to see and know all things at all times, particularly in the dark where my vision can become a spiritual mess. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Great post and timely reminder as darkness descends on us in the most inopportune times and sneaky ways

    Good luck and God’s blessings
    PamT

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Right you are. The night can be real and figurative. Or both. Either case, grateful to know the everlasting light of God is enduring throughout it all!

  3. Kathy Bailey says:

    Mary, this is so true. Can you just imagine how they felt? They had risked everything to follow Him to freedom. And He delivered.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      Certainly must have been a mix of emotions. And the sounds, too. Loud, I bet. Grateful for God’s deliverance then and now. Thanks for stopping by, Kathy!

  4. Margaret says:

    Thanks, Mary, for shedding some light on the experience of the Israelites walking between the walls of the parted sea. I never thought about what it must have felt like for them, or even that there would be anyone fearful of the water holding its place till they had crossed over. They hhad the light of the cloud of God over their heads even in the dark, but the walls on either side of the sea much more present to them.

    • Mary Felkins says:

      It made me stop and think as I tried to picture this and sense what my reaction/emotion I would have had. The light of God throughout the night had to bring peace! Thanks, Margaret

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