God's presence is soothing when feeling trapped by circumstances.

God’s presence is soothing when feeling trapped by circumstances.

In front of them, water ebbed and flowed as a menacing threat to their safety and freedom. Pharaoh and his army approached from the rear. The children of God were trapped and had one of three options: surrender, fight, or trust God.

The feelings of entrapment can be overwhelming. Frightening. Merciless.

But we belong to a merciful God who sees us and knows all about it — a God who loves us fiercely.

A God who will stand between us and our enemy.

Night fell and with it fear rose. The enemy hid in the shadows of darkness waiting to strike. The rippling Red Sea taunted God’s people with the sound of defeat and impossibility as the sun set on the horizon. A wind picked up. Dust from the desert floor swirled about.

And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them;  ~ Exodus 14:19a

The pillar of cloud that had gone before them as a guide through the wilderness now stood and spun like a perpetual column behind the camp of Israel and before the camp of the Egyptians. With the setting sun, the consuming fire of God’s Spirit within began to glow.

Thus it was a cloud and darkness to the one, and it gave light by night to the other, so that  the one did not come near the other all that night. ~ Exodus 14:20

Suffice it to say, it’s really a matter of perspective.

A foreboding cloud and darkness or a light to dispel the darkness.

A strong wind and swirling dust or the Spirit of God passing by to place Himself between us and our enemy.

Walking by sight or holding the Father’s hand and walking by faith.

Perspective.

Choice.

Unbelief looks at God through the circumstances, just as we often see the sun dimmed by clouds or smoke. But faith puts God between itself and its circumstances, and looks at them through Him. ~ Streams in the Desert by L. B. Cowman

I want to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, to walk with eyes wide open to behold Him. I want my heart to stir at the recognition of His Presence guarding, comforting, and defending me.

There can be no doubt that the Lord is with us at all times. He promised He would never leave us nor forsake us. He is our Refuge, our Strong Tower. He is our Deliverer, Counselor, Comforter, and God of Angel Armies. His love for us knows no bounds.

We need never be afraid of our circumstances. If we change our focus to Jesus, the circumstances will be but a blurred image — an annoyance or irritation. They will no longer have power over us because our God is able. He is faithful and He is oh so good.

In all their distress He was distressed,
And the Angel of His Presence saved them,
In His love and in His compassion He redeemed them;
And He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old ~ (Isaiah 63:9, AMP).

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