Have you ever found yourself on the long road in life, wondering why you couldn't have taken a shorter, easier path? Maybe you are on a "long road" today and wondering why God is taking you this way. When the Israelites left Egypt, they were only a 4-5 day journey from their promised land. When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. (Exodus 13:17)
Why did God lead them on a far longer route? One of the truths we learned this past Sunday in our Exodus series is: The route God chooses for us is the best route! Sometimes God doesn't take us on the easiest, shortest or least treacherous route in life. Why? Consider why God chose this route for the Hebrew people.
God sometimes takes us the long way because we are mentally, emotionally and spiritually unprepared to face what's ahead.
God planned to show His people His might one more time.
God had plans to transform His people in the wilderness and that takes time.
Pray for God's leadership in your life. Trust that He has a plan for you. Ask Him to prepare you for what is ahead, to show you His might and to transform you to be more like Jesus Christ. The path God choses for you is always best! (Listen to the sermon Exodus Part 4 - The Escape).