There were many different routes the Lord could have taken the Isrealites when they escaped from Egypt and headed towards the promise land. There were easier routes that would have been quicker. But, as Spurgeon so lovingly puts it, had the Lord taken them the quicker and easier way when the Israelites did grumble and change their minds they would have just gone back. But as they got further and further into their journey, even when they did grumble and complain and long to go back, they knew that the route back to Egypt would be hard that they hung with Moses.
“God’s way is the right way, though it seems about. He leads his people not the nearest way, yet we may be sure He leads them the best way.” ~ Matthew Henry
The Isrealites needed to go through the desert. They needed to wander for years and years. Had the Lord just led them straight into the promised land, would they have treasured it as they did? Would they have longed for it as they did? Would they have been angered, as they were, when the road to it was so hard?
This is our life on earth. It isn’t easy. There might be years and years of wandering. But that wandering is meant to make us long for our true home. It is meant to make us treasure the day when we see Jesus face to face.
Struggle is the food from which change is made and the best time to make the most of a struggle is when it’s right in front of your face…Too often we are led to believe that struggling is a bad thing or that we struggle because we’re doing something wrong…struggle is an opportunity to grow. ~ D. Dreyer
The Isrealites would have never grown if they hadn’t crossed through walls of water, if they hadn’t eaten manna for years on end, if they hadn’t turned away from God and back again…
The same goes for me. But the difference is, I have Jesus.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. ~ I Corinthians 10:3