“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.”
I imagine if any of the people in this massive caravan were asked where they were headed, they all would have given the same answer, “We are going to the Promised Land.” They had grown up with stories of a land flowing with milk and honey; had been dreaming of this day for generations. Their goal was to reach a land where they were free from the tyranny of Egypt. At the same time, if we were able to look up and ask the Lord where this multitude of people was headed, His answer would not be the same. To Him the destination was somewhere entirely different. God said “I am bringing them to myself.”
That is always the desire of God. Whatever situation you are facing, God is seeking to bring you closer to Himself. You may be experiencing difficult financial times, problems at home, hardship at work, or any number of other struggles. From our perspective, the goal may be to reach the end of the trial, but from God’s perspective, the goal is to bring us closer to Himself. The verses following this statement encourage the people to obey the Word, make a commitment to the Lord, and separate themselves from things that are displeasing to God.
If we want to reach the destination God is calling us to, that place of being closer to Christ and more like Him, we need to separate ourselves from any sin, and obey His Word.