Exodus 13:17 A Different Route On Purpose

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

When a person is traveling a long distance, he usually wants to go by the shortest and fastest route possible. This is due to the desire to get to the desired location as quickly as possible.

GPS systems will often show the shortest and fastest route possible. However, some will also recalculate when there is something in the way to slow down the travel. Very few people like to be rerouted.

God chose to lead the Israelites a different route than the shortest way, so that they would not have to face war and get discouraged and give up, going back to Egypt and captivity.

Life is a journey that every person must take. People are often searching for the fastest way to get to their final destination. They are searching for shortcuts to getting wealthy, strong, or some other desired reward.

While shortcuts may look good, often they contain troubles that are not worth it. Some of those troubles are immediate, while others don’t show up for a longer period of time.

The journey of a believer is one in which he is becoming more like Jesus and building God’s kingdom here on this earth. God knows exactly what each believer needs in the moment and what route to take him to get what is needed at the right time.

It is easy for one to get discouraged when God reroutes and goes a different path than expected. However, the believer must trust that God knows what is best. He sees the dangers that lie ahead and knows how to move around them, taking the least dangerous path.

God has a goal to make you more like Jesus and to get you to the promised land, heaven. This journey will be one of dangers and struggles, but it will be the best route possible.

You have a choice as to whether to trust God’s leading or to take your own little detours. Detours can lead you back into sin and captivity, while God’s path will lead to victory and the promised land.

Be willing to take the path God has for you. He is your ultimate GPS in this life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will go the direction God leads you; that you will trust in God’s leading your life; that you will grow to become more like Jesus every day; and that you will continue on the path God has for you.

Exodus 11:5 Disobedience Comes At A High Price

Every firstborn son in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the female slave, who is at her mill, and all the firstborn of the cattle as well. Exodus 11:5

Disobeying a law is a very common thing to be seen all over the world. It occurs because often there does not appear to be any consequences and that the person is getting away with it.

When there are consequences, often they are very light and easy to deal with. When consequences of breaking the law are high enough, most people will refuse to break the law.

After Pharaoh refused to obey God and let the people go, God chose to kill every firstborn son in the land of Egypt.

The firstborn child of the ancient world was a sign of authority and blessing of God. It meant the namesake was to be carried on. Having a firstborn son was one of the greatest honors a person has.

Although the view of the firstborn being an honor has changed, people today have something that they honor as great that they have. This thing, whatever it is, is placed above everything and everyone else, giving purpose and value to the person.

When a person refuses to obey God, He may take what is the person’s highest treasure to get his attention. God is willing to remove whatever stands in the way of a person choosing to follow Him, whether it is a thing, a job, a person or anything else.

Many people refuse to obey God. Right now, it appears as if they are getting away free. However, there will be a time that God will exact a price from them for their disobedience. Ultimately it will be the cost of their soul, cast into the fire of hell for eternity.

Is there anything that in your life that God is asking you to do that you are refusing to do? This is disobeying God.

At this point God may be having mercy upon you, but there will come a time when God will call you to account for that disobedience.

Do not allow that time when it will cost you your life. That is a price you cannot afford to pay. Repent of all sin and obey God. He will give you life greater than any sin you can do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be willing to obey God in all areas of your life; that you will humble yourself before God; and that God will not have to punish you with eternal death for sins you refused to repent of.

Exodus 10:3 Will You Refuse To Humble Yourself?

So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, says: How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” Exodus 10:3

Allowing someone else to be in complete authority takes humility for a person to accomplish it. Most will humble themselves somewhat to allow others to be in authority, but very few will allow anyone to be in absolute full and complete authority.

People like to be in control of their own lives and destinies.

Pharaoh kept refusing to let the Israelites go, so God asked, through Moses and Aaron, how long he would refuse to humble himself before Him and let the people go.

It is very easy for believers to say that it is the unbelievers who are refusing to humble themselves before God, but believers are also often guilty of doing the same thing.

God asks very little of a person to become a follower, but to remain a follower, God gives a lot of commands and directions. The base minimum for a person to do is to repent of all sin, in other words turn away from all sin. Next every believer is to be His witness. After those two things there are lots of other things that God demands that are about how to do those two things.

While most believers would agree with turning from sin, many do not. Many people are quick to say that the sin is just who they are and they cannot stop it. Or they may claim God has grace and mercy upon them and they don’t need to stop it.

This is not being humble and allowing God to be God and in absolute control. The true believer will humble himself and obey God in every area of his life.

Think about what things God has called you to do in your own personal life. Doing this must be done through the lens of the entire bible, not just sermons and your own feelings.

How well are you doing in obeying what God has commanded? Your level of obedience is a sign of your level of being humble before God and allowing Him to be in absolute control of your life. It is taking yourself off the throne and allowing God to be the Ruler.

Are you being humble before God?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be humble before God; that you will allow God to rule over your life; that you will do all that God demands of you; and that you will turn from all sin to serve God with your whole life.

Exodus 9:24 Will You Harden Your Heart Again?

When Pharaoh saw that the rain and hail and thunder had stopped, he sinned again: He and his officials hardened their hearts. Exodus 9:24

During times that are disastrous or difficult, people will claim that they will do nearly anything and everything just to get out of the hard times. Promises will be made to clear the path out of danger.

Yet, when the danger or disaster is over, the promises are forgotten, and their hearts are hardened. They go back to what was done before, which may have brought on the danger in the first place.

God had poured down hail and rain upon the Egyptians, causing much damage, due to Pharaoh refusing to let the Israelites go. He ‘repented’ of his sin, but as soon as it stopped hailing, he hardened his heart and sinned again, not letting the Israelites go.

Believers often know what God requires of them and His commands, but do not want to obey them, wanting to do their own thing. Choosing to follow the ways of the world, many will live in sin, rather than truly following God, though claiming to believe in God.

This is something that continues until there is some great disaster or trouble in their lives. Immediately upon getting hit by trouble, many will cry out to God, promising to obey Him and do what He says to do, if He will remove the trouble. As soon as the trouble is over, they forget their promise and step back into their sin again.

Acting in this way is treading upon the grace of God and treating it with contempt. It is ignoring the lengths to which Jesus went to remove the sin and meet one’s needs.

True believers will hold to their word and flee all sin, obeying God with their whole lives. They will not allow their hearts to be hardened again.

Throughout your life there will be times of trouble and hardships. These times can and will be extremely difficult.

As you cry out to God for help, remember your prayers and promises to God. He is there to help you, but His first goal is to get you away from all sin, not to make a way for you to sin more.

Do not allow your heart to be hardened and continue in sin against God. Have a softened heart that follows after God, not sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s hand at work in your life; that you will call out to God in times of trouble; that God will strengthen you to not harden your heart; and that you will obey God and flee all sin.

Exodus 8:29 Don’t Act Deceitfully

Moses answered, “As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the Lord, and tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh and his officials and his people. Only let Pharaoh be sure that he does not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.” Exodus 8:29

No one really likes deceitful actions. When thinking about deceit, most people will automatically think of politicians and lawyers, yet many will act deceitfully who are not a politician or a lawyer.

Many promises are made daily with never intending to fulfill the promise, but only to get something.

After getting a plague of flies, Pharaoh promises to release the Israelites if the flies are removed. Moses said he would pray for God to remove the flies, but that Pharaoh should not act deceitfully and not let the Israelites go as he has already done.

Throughout the church most people are willing to say that deceit is something that is bad and speak out against it. They will turn away from friends who act deceitfully against them.

However, many of those same people will act deceitfully with God on a regular basis. People are very quick to promise God that they will do something, if God will take care of some bad situation in their life. As soon as God takes care of that situation, their promise is forgotten. They had ‘deceived’ God into getting what they want.

Not only do these people try to deceive God, but they also do the same types of actions to other people. Just as politicians and lawyers are accused of breaking promises, many believers break their promises both to man and God.

True believers will hold true to their word, both with man and God. They will never say one thing and do another.

How often do you make a promise to someone else or to God? Now with those promises, how often do you fulfill those promises, regardless of what it may cost you?

Every time that you seek God’s help and promise Him something, be willing to fulfill it at any cost.

Although man does not know your heart, God does and can see if there is any deceit in your words. Be the person of God whose word is good and true. That when you speak a promise, others will know it will be fulfilled.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will speak words of truth to man and God; that you will fulfill all of your promises to man and God; that you will never act or speak with deceit to man or God; and that you will trust God with every promise you make.