When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” Exodus 13:17
God knows our human nature so well, doesn’t He? After all, He called it before the Israelites even got out of Egypt: these former slaves needed time to get their heads straight, to come into unity with their brothers, to get Egypt out of their spirits before they could go on to their next assignment.
God had to take His children the long way round to their Promised Land.
He has to do the same to us sometimes. There are mindsets He needs us to break, unity He needs us to cultivate, and strongholds that need to be broken off our lives before we will be ready to receive His promises.
He has to take us the long, hard, hot, dry way so that we will learn to trust Him at all times. I don’t know about you, but I pray that I learn those lessons as quickly as possible so that I don’t have to stay wandering around in the desert!
Don’t get discouraged when roadblocks come up along your way. Look up and consider what He is working out for you and in you, to make you ready for your promised land.