2012-11: THROUGH to get TO
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Exodus 13:17-18 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.

I’ve recently spent some time reading through the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt. I felt God wanted to speak to me through their experience. It’s been a good reminder and a good preparation for some experiences of my own.

The back story of this passage of Scripture is too large for me to go into in this Jotting, so I encourage you to have your own little trek into the book of Exodus. I’m picking up the story from where the Israelites were making their escape from Egypt, with Pharaoh and his army all fuming and flustered not far behind.

God had a plan, a route and a destination all worked out for the Israelites. He knew where He was taking them and what lay before them between Point A (Egypt) and Point B (the Promised land). Logic says that the shortest distance between Point A and Point B is a straight line, however this saying doesn’t always hold true.

“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....” (Ex 13:17-18a)

Sometimes the most direct and shortest route to or through something is not the best or easiest. The Israelites could have left Egypt and travelled more directly to Canaan, but that route was rife with enemies and hardships that God knew would be beyond their strength and ability to endure. They had difficulties to face going through the wilderness, yes, but God knew that the adversities they would have encountered on the shorter route would have been beyond the Israelites’ ability to cope. While they “went out...armed for battle” (v. 18b), they were not as well-armed and resilient as they needed to be in order to with-stand the opposition they’d face on the road through the Philistine country.

What are you going through? Sometimes what we perceive to be the most direct route is tougher than we realise, so God therefore takes us through an alternate way. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to whine saying, “God, why didn’t You do it this way?” for we can only see what we presume we see, whereas He sees everything that is on (and in) the way. He also has a better understanding of our frailties, be they our physical endurance, mental capacity, emotional forbearance, training, experience and preparedness. We don’t know what we may encounter, but He does. As Dr Phil says, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”

His way out of whatever our “captivity” may be, may not make sense from our vantage point. It may not happen as fast as we’d like. It may not entail the four-star treatment we’d prefer, but it is always the best, safest (therefore eliciting the least number of causalities), and promises us the best training for what is ahead for us.

Our God is good and is always planning our good. If we will always keep this thought and belief as our starting point and foundation when considering our circumstances, how much better and healthier will we travel through them.

Oh Father, help us to trust You as You lead us Through to get To. Amen 

Belinda Tigell is an Australian singer-songwriter, speaker, teacher, worship leader and author. Find her regular blogs on belindatigellministries.com. 
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