The focus scripture will be provided along with sections of reflections.
Scripture Reflection - is summarizing the content of what is interrupted by the scripture.
Current Reflection - is to see how it fits in our current, everyday lives.
Personal Reflection – is a view from Sue and your own view. How does this apply to you personally? Ask God to give you direction to where you need to go on this Journey.
Exodus 13:17-18 NIV 17 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.” 18 So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea.[a] The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.
Scripture Reflection - God led the Israelites, they did not lead themselves. The Israelites were FREE!! FREE from years of slavery and bondage, FREE to do as they pleased. But, as it says in verse 17 God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though it was shorter. This clearly states God made the decision they were not going to go the short, quick route. Why? They would face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt, back to what they knew - the easier softer way.
Current Reflection - God knows us well and understands our human mind and the fears we have. If we were to take our own course, or journey, we would go the quick, short way. The way our humanness wants to go. If this would happen we would face fierce challenges (war) and we would have fear and high tail it back to our comfort of captivity, slavery and bondage. Back to where we began, not making any progress. Staying exactly where the enemy wants us.
Personal Reflection – Can you relate? The quick short way to what we want, it seems so much easier (shorter). We think the shorter, easier, softer way is best. The path we know is what we will pick when given a choice.
Why pick the more difficult or longer path? Those are the tough challenging times, like a loss of a job, a birth of a child, a bankruptcy, an illness for us or a family member. Any of these times in our lives can set us up to ‘go around the mountain’. We would never pick these challenges to get to a better place! Yet, God knows the challenges we need to face to ‘get to the other side’. He knows we may change our minds and return back.
We have a choice - to follow our own way that may lead back to the comfortable past of familiarity OR to follow God on a new journey to press on and get through the challenge.
There is no short cut to instant peace, trust and patience. We need to trust God to set a course, a journey, for us to begin a walk ‘around the mountain’. To begin a process of ‘working out’ what needs to be freed within us to make us what he wants us to be.
God knows us better then we know ourselves. And so the journey begins.