“19. And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them. 20. So it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel. 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. “
Israel was on the run. They had been freed from the bondage of the Egyptians, They were now being pursued by the Egyptian army as a result of Pharaoh changing his mind about the release. The nation of Israel finds themselves between a rock and a hard place. Before them, the Red Sea. Behind them, the army of Egypt. The angel of God moved from their front in a guiding capacity to behind them in a guarding capacity.
This scenario plays out in the lives of God’s people today. There are times when God’s people find themselves between a rock and a hard place. It could be the demands of an employer set against personal convictions. It could be financial needs set against a desire to spend more time with family. At the Red Sea, Israel was waiting on rescue. However, during the wait, there was the reassuring presence of God. While wait on God’s rescue from the rocks and hard places, in that interim, there is One who holds, comforts, and calms us.