This is for you who are saying, “I should have been there by now. What in the world is going on? I know I’m doing what the Lord wants me to do. I know I’m following His plan. I should have accomplished that thing by now! I should have been married by now. I should have had kids by now. I should have gotten out of debt by now.”
This passage of Scripture is titled “God Leads His People” // This is right after the nation of Israel was released from Egypt. The firstborn of the Egyptians had just perished with the Passover angel. GOD LEADS HIS PEOPLE!!!!!!
17 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.” 18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.
Are you completely DISCOURAGED, DISAPPOINTED, and FRUSTRATED that you are not there yet? You wanted to take the short-cut, the quickest way, but God IN HIS LEADING, decided to take you around. This delay FOR YOU, this journey that you’re on that is taking longer than you thought, is FROM THE LORD!!! Sometimes we can think, “I just stepped out in faith, so God has to give me what I want.” GOD IS MORE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR FAITHFULNESS THAN YOUR PLEASURE!!!!!!! He is more concerned about IF YOU ARE GOING TO TRUST HIM AND STAY ON THIS PATHWAY WITH HIM, because He knows that if you get to that destination too quickly, IT MAY HARM YOU just like it may have harmed the nation of Israel!!!!!
I want to encourage you guys today that just because God hasn’t gotten you there yet doesn’t mean that He hasn’t FULLY SEEN YOU. He might be giving you the long way around for your PROTECTION and SAFETY!! He has YOUR BEST in mind!! He knows what can harm you in the short route, and HE WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT HIS CHILDREN ARE PROTECTED on whatever journey it is that they are heading towards!!
You haven’t achieved that goal quite yet because it is dangerous. He makes sure that when you get there, you are there by the SAFEST, MOST ANOINTED route possible. He still is LEADING, even though He might lead you through a long route!! You don’t lose God. HE IS LEADING YOU!!!!!!!
I love you guys. I hope this encourages you.