When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, "If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt."So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle. Exodus 13:17-18
i find this passage fascinating.
as humans its like we’re hardwired to want to go from A to B the shortest way possible. but sometimes that isn’t the best route to go. sometimes we need to take detours and go the scenic route. its better for our character and our strength and our relationship with God.
God KNOWS the right way we should go. we should entrust our lives to Him – commit our ways to Him and He will order our steps.
though it can be said that it was because of the israelites unbelief and stubborn hearts that they went the long way round. if their hearts had been committed to the ways of the Lord and His will perhaps they would have gone the shorter route?
are their journeys in our life that are taking longer because of the condition of our heart?
is there a lesson to be learned in going the long way round?
the great things God will do through you are going to grow in the soil of persistence, prayer, obedience and sacrifice. that means there will be plenty of plowing and pruning. that is the way living things grow, whether you’re talking about vegetables or vision. steven furtick
God loves us too much to take us through the short cut. He knows we might see what’s required and go back to where we started. So sometimes He takes us on a detour. Jon Acuff
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