Armed For Battle
“When the king of Egypt let the people go, God did not take them by the road that goes up the coast to Philistia, although it was the shortest way. God thought, “I do not want the people to change their minds and return to Egypt when they see that they are going to have to fight.” Instead, he led them in a roundabout way through the desert toward the Red Sea. The Israelites were armed for battle.” Exodus 13:17-18 (GNT)
Often times we hear people say ‘everything work together for our good’ and deep down within us, we feel we don’t need to be preached to ‘cos we are literally sick and tired of hearing that the not so good things are working together for our good.
The last thing you want to hear when going through hard times is the saying ‘it is well’ when clearly, everything seem not so good.
You feel if everything is really working together for your good, then you should not be experiencing failure, hardship, delay nor disappointments.
You hear people say, ‘history repeats itself’ but you fail to understand that history most times repeats itself in different ways and different forms.
The story of the Israelites in Exodus 13:17-18 clearly shows that there are times when God will not take you through the easy way nor the shortest distance so that you will not turn back or throw in the towel when things seem not to work according to your plan.
The Bible stated that;
“God did not take them by the road that goes up the coast to Philistia, although it was the shortest way. God thought, “I do not want the people to change their minds and return to Egypt when they see that they are going to have to fight.” Instead, he led them in a roundabout way through the desert toward the Red Sea.”
Passing through the red Sea with the Sea closing up behind them, the Israelites had no other option than to face whoever challenge them and this was what prepared their minds for battle.
In same light, you might be going through or have gone through a lot of things but I want to assure you that what you are going through is a way of preparing you for the task ahead which is greater than what you can see even in your imaginations.
It does not matter if it is taking too long or even longer than usual, what you are going through is a refining process and a training for you to be able to face what is ahead.
If you are not going through what you are going through now, you might have given up on your dreams, cut it short, be distracted or even change your mind and return to your Egypt.
Remember, God will not make you face what you do not have the capacity to overcome (1 Corinthians 10:13), so all you have to do is hold on strong, keep going and keep praying ‘cos one thing I have understood about the Bible is that even though God knows the end from the beginning, through prayer, a city set to be destroyed can be saved and if Jesus can start the journey of his life with Prayer and ended it with Prayer, then who are you and me not to pray?
I have always believed that the tougher the journey, the greater the success. The longer it takes to achieve success, the more appreciative and thankful we become.
The bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:11;
“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.”
I like the way the Good News Translation has it, it says;
“I realized another thing, that in this world fast runners do not always win the races, and the brave do not always win the battles. The wise do not always earn a living, intelligent people do not always get rich, and capable people do not always rise to high positions. Bad luck happens to everyone.”
This simply means that things will not always work the way you want it to be nor the way you feel it should, disappointments will come your way but learn to give it some time and press on, never give up, do not turn back to your Egypt and you will surely get to your promised land.