BY ALUN DAVIES
“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.” (Exodus 13:17)
The dictionary defines ‘detour’ as “a different or less direct route to a place that is used to avoid a problem or to visit somewhere or do something on the way.”
Detours can be frustrating. They can be confusing. They are always inconvenient. Israel were taken on a detour on their way to the land of promise.
When the Lord led Israel out of Egypt, He did not lead them in a direct path to the promised land. Instead He led them on a longer and more difficult path. God does not always take the shortest route or the quickest. I have often wondered why it takes so long sometimes to realise something God has clearly promised. God’s leading of Israel gives us an insight into the purpose and plan of God and His dealings with us.
The path the Lord leads us on is a path of growth that brings us closer to the place of promise. There is a purpose and a benefit in every aspect of God’s leading. In the wilderness God forged Israel into a nation and created a people who knew how to fight and gain victory. He organised them, and gave them principles that would lead to their success. The journey made it possible for Israel to succeed and obtain the promise of God.
Our journey is not wasted time. It is not a futile season but is intended to be a fruitful experience making us better and stronger. Those often frustrating detours equip us for future success.
TODAY: TAKE ANOTHER LOOK… at your path.