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The Long Road Home.

Day 30
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.”

Exodus 13:17

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.

The wilderness.

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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Today’s Prayer

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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7 thoughts on “The Long Road Home.

  1. This piece was surely inspired, Oladayo. You seem to see me where I am and offer just the right reasons for me to keep believing. Thank you for this.

    1. Our Father is awesome like that. He sees us in our journey and just when we need it, He sends Manna. I’m glad you found it helpful.

      Thanks for reading.

  2. I totally agree with you…I can so relate with this…Having this understanding would make us know that He has not stopped loving us when He takes us through the wilderness…This piece made me see that everything God does is for good, His intentions are always right.. Thanks for sharing…God bless your inspiration.

    1. True. He is always working out our good even when it doesn’t seem like it. He is always leading us on with good intentions. Such a good, good Father He is!

      Amen. Thank you for your kind words, Kenny.

  3. Just today, an old friend and I were talking about this very thing! ^^
    Sometimes it’s painful, sometimes we don’t understand it, and all that keeps us going is knowing “God is here. He knows what He’s doing”. But if we keep walking in step with His Spirit, we will get HOME, no matter how long it takes.

    Thank you, Oladayo ♥

    1. Alignments! And walking with His Spirit is key. A lot of times we forget that and want to run on our own strength but it doesn’t work that way.
      “We will get Home”, Amen to that.

      Thank you Deborah.

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