God’s Ways Accomplish God’s Purpose

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. (Ex.13:17-18)

But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD.”(Ex.14:4)

It is God who can set people free from the bondage of sin. Those who cry in desperation seeking God’s help will find it. They will follow God’s way and are redeemed by God’s power. What God did with the Israelites through Moses was a foreshadow of what He would do with the entire human race through Jesus Christ.

God brought them out of slavery and was leading them to a permanent land which He had promised their forefathers. But the people were indifferent to God’s ways since they were not convinced about God’s plans for them. They were not prepared for the tiresome journey ahead.

Longer Routes

We read in Ex.13:17 that the Lord did not take them through the shortest route because He knew what could happen. The shortest route was through the Philistine territory. The Philistines would stop them and there could be a fight and that would be enough reason for them to return to Egypt.

He sees the end from the beginning as He is God. Past tense and future tense does not apply to Him. He is beyond the boundaries of time. Everything is “Today” for the eternal “I AM”.

“”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa.55:8-9)

There could be times in the life of every Christian when he/she will doubt the goodness of God and the wisdom in His plan. There could be delays in God’s answering your prayers. We need to trust Him and take Him at His Word. If He was willing to bring us out of slavery by His mighty power, He is willing to lead us into the Promised Land. We need to be submissive and obedient, even when we are tempted to doubt His wisdom. He may be shielding us from the enemies’ assaults till we are ready to face them. He will shade you from the heat of the day and give you light in the dark. His presence shall go before you and with you.

Tight Spots

The Lord led them to a wilderness situation close to the Red Sea. The sea was in front of them as they heard the sound of the chariots and horses from behind. They knew that the Pharaoh and his army would pounce on them very soon. They had no way of escape. They thought it would have been better to slog and die in Egypt because they would have at least got a burial. They knew they were between the devil and the deep sea. They would have cursed themselves and their leader Moses for the plight they were in.

God has something else in mind. He wanted to defeat the enemy of His people and prove that He is God. He allowed the situation to worsen and then took hold of it when no human can can. We see this happen even in the New Testament. God moves at His appointed time, the perfect time. He is never early or never late, but on time, all the time.

We, as Christians, may be put to such tight spots to teach us that we are totally dependent on God. When we admit this and trust in Him to deliver us the way He wants, we will experience miracles. This is easier said than done. But we need to learn this principle as sojourners in this world.

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