Verse of the day.
Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”
After a dramatic deliverance from their taskmasters, the weary Israelites finally made their way to the Promised Land. But instead of taking them through a short route, God led them through the wilderness – a longer route. Why did He do that? Why take them through all that trouble?
God, who foresees the future, understood that they would face enemies if they took the shorter route and that they were weak to defend themselves. After years of slavery and being wearied, God knew they didn’t have the strength or resources to face the Philistines. So He led them through the wilderness.
A lot of times when God makes us go through some processes; we groan and complain without really understanding the why. God is a good God and He always seeks our good. He sees the end from the beginning; He knows our frailties and lovingly positions us where He knows our weaknesses would not overwhelm us.
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He never gives more than we can bear.
This is what happens when God makes us wait when we’d rather run into many activities. He knows our frailties, knows how much capacity we carry and how much we need to build before we can enter the next phase.
These same frail Israelites were the ones God later instructed to advance against their enemies, the ones who defeated nations in battle. How and when did they become this strong? The answer is not farfetched.
When God leads us through the wilderness, it is because He knows us, knows the obstacles we don’t see and our utter frailty in facing those challenges. And so He makes us wait, He leads us through the long road and it is there that He makes us. It is there He strengthens us to soar like eagles, to run and not grow weary, to walk and not faint.
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Father, thank You for being so intentional about my life. Help me follow You through the wilderness and trust Your purpose for me.
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