“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.’”
(Exodus 13:17 NIV)
The Israelites were forbidden to take a shortcut to the Promised Land. God knew they needed to be trained and disciplined before they crossed over the Jordan River into their new home.
Did Jesus ever take a shortcut? I believe He knew the fastest way was not necessarily the best way.
We all like to devise ways to cut corners, to make things and processes easier. I avoid shortcuts through neighborhoods when I drive. I want to respect the seclusion and privacy of homeowners.
Quick-fix shortcuts may appear to redeem lost time, but lasting change takes time. The best way to enjoy permanent change is to adopt the long and gradual way. If I rush through the change process, I can end up back at square one or worse.
When we are broken, we need time to mend. Shortcuts are not allowed. God’s healing is slow, perfect, and permanent.
What would you like to change in your life? Have you had a heart-to-heart with God about it? Are you willing to avoid shortcuts, take the long way He provides, and leave the results in His hands?
I caught sight of a large turtle crossing the highway recently. He was taking an exposed and precarious shortcut across a busy road. I flashed my lights at oncoming traffic to alert them of the hazard ahead. When we try to take shortcuts, like Mr. Turtle, we could be approaching danger. Be alert, awake, and stay on the right course!
I will trust God on the long, rugged roads ahead that lead to permanent change. I hope you will, too!