Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.

I love the book of Exodus; it details the Isrealites’ journey out of Egypt to their promised land. It also records the feat performed by Moses, I summarised them in my post “What if Moses had not been hidden”.

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 ready for battle. Remember they were being led to the promised land.

What amazes me is that the longer route had the formidable Red Sea! Which one is more intimidating; the Red Sea or the Philistine territory? It sounds to me that both require the divine hand of God.

Miraculously, God parted the Red Sea and they passed through. Phew! But it is the same God who rained brimstone and sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrha destroying all the cities, vegetation and people. So why had He not allow them pass through the shorter route and cause “hailstone rain”?

Later on in their journey, Moses was called apart and given some laws and commandments. God told the Isrealites that if they worshiped Him, His angel will go ahead of them and bring them into the (promised) land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and He will wipe them out. He would send the hornet ahead of them to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of their way. But He will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for them.

Could it be that the animals will eat up the Isrealites if the enemies were driven out all at once? No, definitely not.

Could it be that the Israelites will become complacent? I doubt it.

Why do you think He unhurriedly drove the enemies out?

I can identify with the above scenarios when God allowed me to pass through some challenges just for my own benefit. How about you?

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. 


Ref: Exodus 13 & 23,  Jeremiah 29


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