When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea. -Exodus 13:17-18
When I came upon those verses the other day, I had to smile.
Because so often, this is my experience with God.
I want the short cut.
I want the quickest route.
Yet God takes me on the long one. Through the wilderness.
And while I tap my foot and drum my fingers and wonder what in the world is taking so long, He knows what I can handle.
He’s leading me to the Red Sea.
He’s getting ready to reveal His glory.
Let’s Talk: Is something in your life taking longer than you’d like? Do these verses encourage you?