God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are. Billy Graham
The Longer Route
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.
The children of Israel had been living in bondage for many years, serving as slaves in the land of Egypt. When they were released, they experienced freedom for the first time, completely unaware and unprepared for what lay ahead of them.
The Lord, therefore, led them toward the Red Sea, away from the land of the Philistine enemies. Although this was a much longer and circuitous route to Canaan, He thought they might be tempted to return to Egypt if they faced the prospect of war soon after being set free.
When we are weak and vulnerable, it is easy for us to make wrong decisions. In such circumstances, it is wise to follow the path that the Lord chooses for us, even if it takes us longer to reach our destination. If we follow His pillar of cloud and fire, we may be assured of His protection and guidance at all times. Although the answers to our many prayers may be taking a long time in coming, the Lord is faithful and He will complete the work that He has begun in us.
So be encouraged today that the Lord knows us better than we know ourselves. Like a parent who cherishes their new born baby, He is devoted to our welfare, caring for us, providing for our every need. Although the route may sometimes seem long and arduous, He remains beside us along the entire way.
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Amen.
Theo and Manju