Text: Exodus 13:1-22.
God took the children of Israel through the long route rather than the direct one to Canaan in order to protect His children from the onslaught of their enemies (vv. 17-18). In the same way Jesus Christ passed through a painful ordeal in order to save you and me from the bondage of sin.

Meditate on verse 21. How does it encourage you in your Christian journey?

Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, thank You for Your promise that You will not leave or forsake me. Forgive me for not trusting You fully. Amen.