“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.” Exodus 13:17
After losing his first-born son, Pharaoh kicked the Israelites out of his country. God chose to lead them on a route that was longer. The shorter route would take them through the Philistine country, where they would have to face war to get through. The longer route kept them from having to go to war, though it was through the wilderness.
People like to take the shortest, fastest route when going somewhere. They want to get there as quickly as possible. This is especially true on a long journey. No one wants to be traveling anymore than is necessary.
There are times when taking the shorter route ends up being the longer route. It takes longer to get through. When traveling by car, you may run into major road construction, or a major accident, or some other difficulty that you could not possibly foresee.
God has the ability to see into the future. He knows what is ahead on every possible route you can take in this life. He wants to have you travel on the route that is best for you. Traveling through the wilderness desert was not going to be fun or easy, but in reality it was better. It is better to travel through a desert and not have to go to war, than to travel a short route and possibly be killed in war.
Although today, you most likely will not have to travel in a spot where there will be a physical war, there may be a spiritual war. The shorter route may lead to temptations that you are not ready to overcome. Going the longer route may strengthen you for a future battle.
Are you willing to follow God’s leading?
Are you willing to trust that God knows the best route for you?
The longer, harder sounding route may actually be the better easier route.
I pray today that you will know God’s plan for you; that you will trust the route God has you on; that God will guide your every step; and that God will make you into the person He wants you to be.