Weekly Nuggets August 19, 2019
Exodus 13:17-19 NKJV
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.” So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt.
Key Phrase: Sometimes, God takes us East to get us West.
When we commit to a journey with God, the only thing we are guaranteed is the destination. The route, the timing is God’s prerogative and He chooses either a short and fast , slow and uneventful, slow and painful, slow but picturesque route based on His infinite wisdom on what personal changes we need in order to be prepared for our destination.
When the children of Israel exited Egypt, we are told “God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near“. God saw a people that needed moulding; boldness, faith, trust needed to be imprinted in their DNA lest the fear and return to Egypt. In Deutoronomy 8:2-5 we see some of these moulding which God needs to complete in our lives;
• to create a humble spirit
• to test what’s in our hearts
• to allow us hunger, and then miracoulously feed us- a lesson of divine provision.
•to remove our focus from what we will wear- remember He clothes the lilies
• to rely on Him for good health
•to understand that He chastens us because He loves us.
This may sound familiar, we have been on a journey for a while wondering why it’s taking so long, or why God chose this dusty or bumpy route… it’s time to reflect instead on what lesson God is trying to teach us. I pray that when we arrive (not if) at our destination, we will look back at the long journey and testify that the detour was required to prepare us for the succeses ahead.
Father, teach us patience, patience that trusts your perfect timing. Lord, teach us endurance that no matter what route you take me through, we do not ‘meltdown’ or ‘go back’. Mostly Lord, I ask, mould us for signs, mould us for wonders, mould us for success. In Jesus mighty name.