Lent Day 15

“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.” -Exodus 13:17

I have read the story of how the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt countless times, but it was not until recently that this verse was really highlighted for me. There was a shorter way to the promised land, but God did not want his people to lose heart. The shorter way was not the best way.

As I thought about this verse, I realized how often I would much rather take the short cut than go the long way. I become disappointed when God does not answer prayers on my timetable. I have the audacity to question why God is not doing things my way, but while reading this verse I was struck by the kindness of our God. God knew what the Israelites were capable of handling, and He always had the Israelite’s best interest at heart. The same is true for us.

The long way was the better way. Oftentimes we get so caught up in trying to get to the destination that we forget about the importance of the journey. The journey is about learning to walk in complete trust with our Heavenly Father believing that he always, ALWAYS has our absolute best interest at heart. Isaiah: 5:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  God has the whole picture while all we hold is a piece of the puzzle. The Israelites experienced some amazing miracles while taking the long way and even though they spent more time in the desert than the Lord intended He never abandoned them. He saw them through. I am so thankful we serve a patient God.

Lord God I am so grateful that you desire to walk in relationship with us. You love us more than we could ever imagine. Father, help us to trust in you. Help us to slow down and delight ourselves in you no matter how long the journey. Help us to believe with every fiber of our being that You are unimaginably good, and you always want the absolute best for us. Thank you for how you love us, Lord. Help us to be better at loving you. In Jesus name – Amen.

Written by Sophie Wince

1 Comment

Dawn - March 15th, 2023 at 10:07am

This is such a good truth for us to hand onto as we walk our journey with Jesus