A Safer Route

We read in exodus that God did not lead the people of Israel through the land of the Philistines on their journey to the Promised Land. This was because He knew that they might become frightened and return to Egypt. God was considering their frail mentality and took them on the longer route through the desert towards the Red Sea.

He treats us the same today. God does not give us more to bare than we are capable of. At one stage of my life I used to flippantly joke that I almost had more than I could bare. That was wrong of me; God was kind and merciful towards me. The Israelites would face many difficulties during their forty wandering years but by His grace they got through the first stage of their long journey.