So, God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the children of Israel went up in orderly ranks out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 13:18
When you are in a hurry to get somewhere, the scenic route isn’t the best choice. God wasn’t concerned with time when He took the Israelite’s out of Egypt on route to the land of promise. He took them through the wilderness to avoid attacks from the enemy. Ever notice when God plans to bless us, all hell seems to break loose? We complain about God’s timing, but He may just be protecting us from unnecessary situations. He is less concerned with the destination, than He is with the value of the journey. We must learn to trust Him and know that He is actually preparing us for where we are going. Josephs oath to his brothers is proof that God knows ahead of time where we will be and plans accordingly (Genesis 50:24, Exodus. 13:19, Judges 4:14). We can make plans, but the Lord directs our steps (Proverbs 16:9). The Israelite’s did not obey God, so instead of entering the land they wandered for 40 years. Even so, God loved them and did not change His mind about His promises (Romans. 5:8, Numbers 23:19). God’s master plan includes our short comings. We serve a great God! He is merciful and long suffering, and He demonstrated that through Moses’ leadership (Numbers. 14:11-20). It may take longer to get to where we are going at times but stick with God’s way and you will make it! Stay in the boat no matter how things look. He knew before you were born, where you would be in this exact moment in time, and He’s got a plan and purpose for your life! To give you a hope and a future (John 14:6, Acts. 27:31, Jeremiah. 29:11).
Israel refused to enter the promised land because they feared the giants of the land (Numbers 14). Caleb said to the people, “we are well able to overcome this” (Numbers.13:30, Romans. 8:37). God had already given them the land, but they had a hard time trusting God, and receiving it. Isn’t that just like us? God already gave them the victory they just had to claim what was rightfully theirs and walk in faith! When David faced His giant, that victory was already settled in heaven (1 Samuel 17, Psalm 119:89). One little stone in the natural would never be enough to take down a giant, but with God anything is possible (Matthew 19:26). The Holy Spirit was directing that stone! If you are in the wilderness training, you are in good company! He is God of the wilderness (Isaiah. 41:18, Matthew 4).
Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19