Recently I was listening to a message by Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church. He was referencing the encounter of Moses and the Red Sea. He first points out something about God’s way that, if we are not careful, we would glance right over it. It’s found in verses 17 and 18 in Exodus chapter 13. This is what Moses writes:
When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle. (Exodus 13:17-18 NIV)
You’ve heard it said many times “God’s way is the best way.” Well according to these verses, I believe the Israelites would argue with you.
God’s way isn’t always the best way in terms of efficiency and convenience. God’s way is not always the shortest distance between two points. God’s way is not always all you want, when you want it, how you want it, where you want it, all the time. Sometimes the quickest way isn’t always the best way. Sometimes you have to go a little further out of the way because God has specific steps you have to take in order to get you where He wants you when He wants you there. God’s way isn’t always the best way in terms of convenience but it is always the best way in terms of your purpose.
In the latter half of verse 18, we see that the Israelites were armed for battle. They went out of Egypt thinking that they were ready to go through the Philistine country. They thought they were ready for battle. They thought they could handle the Philistines. But God knew that they weren’t prepared to face war. Sometimes we think we are ready to face what life has for us, but God knows when we are truly prepared for it. I heard it said “A blessing given before you’re ready is not a blessing at all but it is a curse.” God isn’t trying to hold anything back from us, but He wants to make sure that we are ready for it when He does give it to us.
We all know how this account ends. God opens up an interstate highway through the Red Sea, the Israelites cross over on dry land, and God drowns the Egyptian army behind them in the Red Sea.
If you go your way, it might be shorter and you might get where you want to be. But if you go God’s way, not only will you get to where God purposed you to be when He purposed you to be there, but He will drown anything in your life that was chasing after you trying to prevent you from fulfilling the purpose He has for you. God’s way is not always the best way, but God’s way is always the blessed way.