Six hundred thousand men, plus women and children tramped across the desert sands in the dead of night. Their sojourn, their captivity, in Egypt had ended after 430 years. Pharaoh sent them out in haste following the 10th plague: Death of the Firstborn. Transition came at them fast.
A familiar story, right?
God Kept Watch All Night
But have you ever noticed verse forty-one in this passage of Scripture found in Exodus twelve? “God kept watch all night, watching over the Israelites as He brought them out of Egypt.”
This was a people in transition. I’m sure confusion filled their hearts while thoughts ran rampant, unhinged from all they had ever known. And yet they followed, putting one foot in front of the other as a pillar of fire led the way into the night.
I am touched to realize God kept watch all night over His children as they stepped into the unknown, surrounded by the darkness. I am comforted to know He never sleeps nor slumbers when it comes to the care of His people.
The psalmist wrote,
“My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber [briefly] nor sleep [soundly].” ~ Psalm 121:2-4, AMP
Life Happens in the Transition
We are a people in transition too. The world as we know it is changing. Increased violence, racial divide, immorality, deception … the list goes on. Most of us don’t understand what is happening, and many question where God is in all of this.
On a personal level, my future is uncertain as my husband’s dementia develops and sends him into a downward spiral. Many friends are facing their own difficult circumstances with more questions than answers.
Life happens in the transition.
The blank space is where we learn to believe God is who He says He is and that faith has nothing to do with what we can see, but everything to do with what we cannot see. He is the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God.
He is the Anchor that holds, the Keeper of our souls.
God kept watch then, and He will certainly keep watch now to make sure we make it home safely.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I would love for you to share what’s on your heart in the comments below. Scroll a little farther down and you’ll see where you can leave your comments. Together, we can find the nearness of God in our darkest moments.
Sweet blessings to you,
Dear Nan, “and God kept watch”, gave me chills realzing He does indeed keep watch just as we keep watch over our loved ones. (Romans 5:2 TPT) undeserved privilege, His Grace- Acronym by Bob Hoekstra~ God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. Heavenly Father you & you alone know our hearts, you give us strength for each day, when trials weigh us down you bring Hope & Lift us up to your Throne of Grace, Strengthen Nan, each day, surround her with your presence, Grant healing Lord, Give clarity to her husband’s mind. Thank you Lord,, You keep watch. Amen let this be so Lord️
Amen! Thank you. You brought tears to my eyes. It is truly so comforting to realize that God keeps watch over His children. What amazing love!
Nan, such an encouraging word that reminded me again that He never leaves or forsakes us, even for a moment! He is the Gos Who Sees!!
Amen! I’m so thankful this ministered to you. I pray for my readers often, so your note touches my heart. Thank you. Sweet blessings, Nan