T.S. Well, what happens in this journey? How does God bring us to the there? How does God develop that Christ character in all of our lives?
According to Ed Young Pastor that let’s look at the children of Israel because, again, their plight is analogous to where we are. Notice something that’s weird about the children of Israel. Right after they were released from Egyptian slavery, God does something totally weird and illogical in their lives. Now, I found that to be true. So often, God’s leadings are illogical. God takes his people — you might want to write this down — on the longest route.
Many times in my life, God has taken me, and he’ll also take you on the longest route. He’s taken us on detours. And we’re like, “Why the detour, Lord?” Well, let’s see what plays out here.
According to Ed Young Church that Exodus 13:17-18: “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter.”
Now, that’s odd. From Point A to Point B, I mean, it doesn’t take a Harvard MBA to realize, “Let’s take the shortest route. Even though we have to mess around and do battle with the Philistines, it’s the shortest way. That’s the way we should go. I mean, that’s just logical.”
[the verse continues] “…God did not lead them through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, ‘If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.’”
God knew they weren’t ready for the battle. And I’m so excited to tell you that God has led me around battles, around conflicts that I was just not ready for. Because God, in his sovereignty, knew if I had to face certain battles with my Philistines; if you, for example, would have to face those battles with your Philistines, we would crater, we would cave in, we would mail it in and say, “You know what? I want to go back to Egypt.”
That is just the beginning, but it is going to take a lot of money. And if we just gave, we could easily do it. It is a no-brainer. But the choice is up to you. It is up to me. You will be hearing much more about that later. But don’t be selfish. Be generous. God loves a cheerful giver. If you are not cheerful, don’t give.