Your Ways are Definitely Greater Than Mine

I’ve never followed Biblical history well, but with some help I’ve been diving into the stories of Moses. Here’s a quick recap of the Red Sea story: God heard the Israelites’ cries of pain and suffering while they were enslaved in Egypt. God used Moses to be a spokesperson of sorts and led them out of Egypt after a series of plagues against Pharaoh. Once they left Egypt, God promised to lead them home.

“When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that way 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.” 
Exodus 13:17–18.

God knew that going back to Egypt would be a terrible choice; He knew it would mean more suffering and pain for his beloved people. God led them down a long, exhausting path because He knew the reality of the situation.

How often do we question God’s sanity once things get hard? How often do we throw in the towel and do it ourselves? How often do we get frustrated when we aren’t getting what we asked for, only to find that the path He led us on was far greater than the one we thought we wanted?

He knows what we need. He knows when we need it. He knows the strength we’ll need to handle what we asked for, so he gives it to us through trials. He understands the hurt we face, and wants to heal it before taking us to the next stop.

Praise to a God who doesn’t just give me what I want, but gives me something much greater instead.