journal entry

Exodus 13:17 “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead the by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near.  For God said, ‘Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.'”

One would think, based on the text, that the way of the land of the
Philistines made the most sense (“although that was near”), yet God took
them a different direction. I am encouraged and reminded when I read this that God does not always move and operate the way we expect, or the way that seems to make the most “logical” sense. And He doesn’t always share His reasoning with us, even though He always has a reason.  But in His mercy, He knows our weaknesses and kindly leads us in sovereign love.  Sometimes He spares us the trial and sometimes He leads us through it.  There were many trials the Israelites were not spared after they left Egypt (in some ways, one could wonder what trials they weren’t spared!), but here, God took them around by the way to help guard their hearts against fear.  I wonder how many other trials God spared them that are simply not recorded in Scripture?  But despite what is recorded and what isn’t, we know this to be objectively true: God is leading, and in His sovereign wisdom and love, He will lead us through life in the way that brings Him the most glory and that makes me the most holy.  Every step is divinely governed and is perfectly logical, despite what our finite minds may comprehend.

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2 thoughts on “journal entry

  1. Good thoughts, and well said too. πŸ™‚ Keith preached on that passage a couple months ago, and pointed out that they went out prepared for war too – thinking they were ready to fight! – yet God knew what was best for them. They ended up seeing the Egyptians – in the next chapter – and in fear doubted God’s wisdom – but He saved them by His mighty hand… food for thought there, definitely…

  2. I think God uses xanga for good purposes too πŸ™‚ Thanks for the wise words and thoughts.
    Ps. We have to finish the “other half” of our conversation soon πŸ™‚ That was fun last night. Let me know if/when you are coming to get your free drink. Maybe we can finish it then. On second thought….maybe I’ll be able to CALL you πŸ˜‰ We can work out the details then πŸ™‚

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