Gone are the times we used to rely on landmarks when traveling to new locations. The use of corners, rivers and hills is behind us as google maps takes over in guiding people to new unfamiliar places. I have found myself driving outside the country to places I’ve never been using the application. It has a way of showing you all the routes available and their traffic conditions and recommended route based on traffic. Many are the times I wish that my walk with God can be something similar to google maps where I can know the conditions of the journey even before I get started. God guides his children one step at a time and is never obligated to tell us what is ahead because He is always with us. I’ve also realized that God does not always follow the shortest route preferring rather to take us through the one that will bring out the very best in us. The scriptural account of God guiding the Israelites out of Egypt is a good example. There was a shorter route they could have used but God took them through a longer route that was necessary to build their characters, remove the slave mentality and mature them as He made ready the promised land for them. God knows that easy comes easy goes and many times we lose blessings that we have not grown into. He deliberately took them through the wilderness and tested them so that they would know that knowing and trusting God was more important than any promised land they will ever get. With God they would not only get the promised land but also retain it. Knowing God is the best promised land we can ever have for our sufficiency is complete in him. Where is the going getting tough than you expected? Where is walking with God more of a nightmare than fun for you? What problems could God be making you pass through in order to make you trust him more? There are no wasted experiences with God and when we go through rough patches that we cannot understand, we should ask him to open our eyes to see what He wants us to see. His goal for our lives is not increased comfort but rather character that will make the comfort remain!
“Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.” Deuteronomy 8:2 NIV
Last modified: August 5, 2020