{Taking The Long Route…}



Today we have a guest post from {Elevate Your Mind}. To read more devotionals click {here}.

“When Pharaoh finally let the people go,

God did not lead them on the road that runs through Philistine territory,

even though that was the shortest way from Egypt to the Promised Land….”

(Exodus 13:17)

How’s that for an action plan? The people of God were just delivered from slavery. They all just left Egypt, the place in which they were in bondage for over 400 years. They were walking with the sweet sounding, fresh and invigoration words from Moses’ mouth; they were on their way to the Promised Land. Who wouldn’t be excited about that?

Sound familiar?

Have you ever gotten an amazing word so you get dressed, put on your walking shoes, call everyone together and prepare for takeoff? But then, just as you’re standing there ready to go, time passes and you find that you haven’t gotten too far.

Hey, what ever happened to my Promised Land? Seems to me that Someone [not mentioning any names… God] forgot about their promise….You know, I don’t want to seem demanding or anything, but I’m not sure what’s taking you so long, God. Could I recommend some suggestions. Perhaps you got a little distracted with so-and-so over there. Allow me to remind You that YOU SAID….

Sound familiar?

Boy-oh-boy, is it difficult to wait on God. Considering the fact that a thousand years are like a day to him (Psalms 90:4), waiting on God could be a problem… for me that is. I mean, what’s the point of waiting? What’s the point of going through this stinking process?

“When Pharaoh finally let the people go,
God did not lead them on the road that runs through Philistine territory,
even though that was the shortest way from Egypt to the Promised Land….

God said, “If the people are faced with battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt. So God led them along a route through the wilderness toward the Red Sea…”

(Exodus 13:17-18)

My friend, God knows you. The real you. The ‘you’ that shrinks back from opposition. The ‘you’ whose fears, doubts, and worries cause you to freeze up in the middle of the battle. God knows you. It’s not a matter of keeping you from the Promised Land in your own life. It’s a matter of preparing you to conquer the Promised Land.

You did know that getting into the Promised Land would require battle on your behalf, right?!

Well, if you didn’t, Surprise. Surprise!

An extremely short distance of land separated the Israelites from their Promised Land.

A gigantic distance and distortion in their view and understanding of who and whose they were separated them from their Promised Land.

God knew this. God understood that years of slavery in Egypt had been detrimental to their confidence (and their confidence in Him). They didn’t know any other way other than slavery, bondage and defeat. If the people were faced with the battle necessary to conquer Canaan, out of fear, they would change their minds and return to Egypt.

Don’t believe it? Don’t think that anyone, having been freed from bondage would ever willingly return to it?

“Then all the people began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of complaint against Moses and Aaron.”We wish we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they wailed. “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and little ones will be carried off as slaves! Let’s get out of here and return to Egypt!”

(Numbers 14:1-3)

My friend, if you read through the book of Exodus, you will find many examples of the miracles God provided for the people of Israel. Yet time and time again, they fell back into the trap. Unbelief is detrimental to our walk with God. As a matter of fact, the Bible says that “without faith, it is impossible to please God,” (Hebrews 11:6).

Getting to the Promised Land requires going through ‘the process’. Your process many be different than my process; but rest assured, we both will have a process to go through. My process requires faith that although some things take time, God’s timing is perfect. It requires trust in the God who took me out of my slavery…even when… especially when my process seems to extend itself.

I used to fight the process. My defense mechanism was to run. If God didn’t come through for me, rejection and disappointment would overwhelm me, so much so, that I would run away from my dreams. I would shrink back from my calling. We all go through it. We all need time to change our mindsets. Slavery and bondage to sin is something we’ve been doing day in and day out for years. Although salvation is immediate, transformation and renewal will take time. As you choose to not conform to this world, you begin to be transformed by the word of God (Romans 12:2).

Trust that God knows the battles you’re ready to face and conquer. Trust that He will not put you up against something you cannot handle (1 Corinthians 10:13). Believe that God has plans for your life. He will not harm you. He wants to give you hope and a new future (Jeremiah 29:11). Believe that God is a good God and that He is good over your life.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,

   abounding in love to all who call to you

Psalm 86:5 (New International Version)

It may seem like you are taking the long route. Be patient. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord, (Psalm 27:14). Your process is working in your favor. Your process is working to build up your character. It’s working to equip you for the Promised Land. “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary,” (Galatians 6:9).

Just like He put up a pillar of cloud or a pillar of fire to lead the Israelites through the wilderness day and night, He will also not remove Himself from you (Exodus 14:22). Just pay attention. Keep your eyes open.

Taking the long route is God’s way of ensuring that you’re ready to conquer in that Promised Land! So stop fighting the process. Surrender to it and learn what you must. Do so quickly and without grumbling and complaining. For once you finish that process, you will be able to enjoy the promises God has given you!!


Posted on February 29, 2012, in DAILY LIFE, DEVOTIONALS, LIFE, LIFE LESSONS, SPIRITUAL GROWTH and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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