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 armed for battle.
The best path is not always the shortest. Sometimes, the road you take is as important as the destination. As a matter of fact, if we wanted the quickest way between two points, we would have to fly like a bird!
We sometimes get frustrated with God because He doesn’t seem to be leading us to our destiny by the shortest route. As Israel had to learn, the shortest way may prove disastrous. God knew the road ahead and took them the way that would insure their survival. We need to trust God’s plan for our lives as well. It may be that the longer path is what’s needed for our ultimate victory.
Why are you taking the route you are on? That is not only a question you need to ask on the road, but also in life. What choices brought you to this place? Where does this road ultimately lead you? Is the destination worth the trip?
These are things to ponder in God’s presence as you free yourself of distractions. One of your goals should be to see where you’ve come from and where you are headed. That way you can make a course adjustment if necessary.
Spend time with the Lord today seeking His insight. Let Him share His mind with you. Remember, you might not be on the quickest path, but that doesn’t mean it is not the right one. Take the time today to establish God’s path as the final authority for your journey through life.