“Then they set out from Succoth and camped in Etham on the edge of the wilderness. The Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night” (Exodus 13:20-21).
The road to Etham was a familiar and well-traveled path; requiring no miraculous intervention. It’s another reminder, much like the command of Jesus to remove the stone from the tomb of Lazarus and to unbind him (John 11), that God will never do by a miracle what he expects us to do by obedience. It is in the unknown wilderness wanderings of life that we experience the timely provision of God for the future that he has set before us.