Leading Through

“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. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle. {Exodus 13:17-18}

 

God knows what we can and can’t deal with. He knows how much we can take and what our capacity is.

I’ll be honest. I have felt filled to the brim of my capacity lately and at times have wondered if these thorns in my flesh and heart are ever going to leave me.

But God.

To read this in the Exodus narrative and know God doesn’t do short cuts, especially when they are not beneficial to us. He knows our limits better than we do and knows that we will often resort to something besides him for the sake of our own comfort that will often lead us to bondage. He is aware of the insidiousness in our hearts far more than we are. He can see what will tempt us earlier than we can and he knows what will cause us to go backwards, especially when the road forward is long and arduous.

Sometimes the long way is the best way.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. {1 Corinthians 10:13}

If you are also feeling at capacity today, if you think you can’t take it anymore, perhaps the next right thing is simply to go to God and ask Him to show you the way out or to show you where the hope lies and how He is going to part the Red Seas of your life to lead you through.

This is how we prepare for battle.

12 thoughts on “Leading Through

  1. sandyjkeller says:

    I feel like I’m on the 1,000 mile 20 mile journey. I’ve had the flu for nine days and have had to work through it. There was one day that I left work two hours early because fever and chills made me completely useless, even to myself. I looked at my office yesterday, overloaded with projects that are causing so much clutter that I can hardly stand it, and I see that I need to stop trying so hard to do so much. I expect so much more of myself than anyone else does.

  2. Nicole Maiocco says:

    This is exactly what I needed to hear today! This morning I decided it was taking every single ounce of willpower I had to not cry a puddle of tears or go back to bed and pull the covers over my head! Thank you for the truth from God’s word – He is faithful.

  3. Marie says:

    One of the last things out of my mouth before I sat down to the computer was “I don’t want to do this anymore.” Thank you, Suzie. “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.
    ” Psalm 144:1

  4. Susan Estes says:

    This was our scripture in Bible study this morning! Isn’t it comforting to know that God loves us so very much that He gives us what we need to grow, even when it’s not the easiest or shortest path, but the path we must travel on to have the most beneficial outcome?

  5. Ange says:

    “God doesnโ€™t do short cuts, especially when they are not beneficial to to us.”

    AMEN and AMEN.

    I am learning how God uses time to test and refine the parts of my heart that need to to be kindled in faithfulness, hope and obedience so I may fully witness by faith His providence and love for me and mine within the safety of His timing and sovereignty.

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