Moses answered the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today ... the LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still (Exodus 14:13-14, NIV)
When I opened my daily online devo today, that was the heading verse. I knew right there, that whatever followed, it was for me. I wasn't wrong.
Gwen Smith 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 (Exodus 13:17-18a, NIV). As God moved through the leadership of Moses to bring His people from captivity to freedom, from poverty to inheritance, the Israelites were not led the easy way. They didn’t get to take the “paved” road – even though it was shorter. They had to walk through the desert. God led them the harder way because He knew it was best for them in the long run. Sometimes we are led the harder way too. The broken way. Even though our minds conceive an easier solution, He knows what is unknown to us, He sees what is unseen to us, and His ways are trustworthy and best."
Don't you just completely love that? I mean I kinda hate the fact that sometimes we have to go the harder way when we go through a thing... but I love that He knows best.
Oh, and because I love you guys and all the sweet words of encouragement you've been showering me with this week, I wanted to say thank you by giving one of these burlap coffee bags away on my Facebook page. Come on over, and share your favorite part of fall with us!