In Exodus 13:17-22, we get a glimpse of how God thinks. He avoided leading His people through the land of the Philistines (the faster way), because He didn’t want the people to see war and use that as an excuse to turn around and go back to Egypt.
God plans your life just as strategically. He sees the future, and when He knows that something may cause you to stumble and fall, He will do everything He can to re-route you through a safer way. Even if it means that something takes longer in your life to come to fruition. Granted, as humans with free will, we can sometimes take the faster way that causes us to stumble, but that is our choice.
Like the fearless leader that He is, God also guided the people of Israel without wavering daily – in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. For the people, it was simple: just follow the light.
For us today, that pillar of light is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Through these, God leads us through every moment of every day. But again, it’s up to us to see the light and then follow it. If we’re distracted by this World, or following other sources of wisdom, then we’re sure to get lost and go off God’s path quite quickly! There is always a way back though, even when it takes awhile for us to maneuver through the darkness around us to find the source of light again.
Can you see the light and are you following it? If not, what can you do today to get back on track?