The blog title caught your eye, right? It’s an excerpt from my book, YOU CAN BE SET FREE. It’s actually a book chapter on common excuses we make for not moving forward. In this blog post, you will discover the reason why you should not quit.
As humans, we want things to happen right now because enough is enough and we are tired of waiting. Sometimes to get to your destination you need to go through a longer route.
You will not necessarily like it but God knows best. He places you on this long journey to get you to where He wants you to be.
In Exodus 13, after Pharaoh had let the people of Israel go from captivity, God did not take them through the main road that runs through Philistine territory. It was the shortest route to the Promised Land. Instead, He led them in a roundabout way through the wilderness toward the Red Sea.
He knew that if they confronted a battle by taking the short route, they might have changed their minds and returned back to Egypt – back to captivity.
Waiting can remove you from the shackles that bind you. Imagine being set free from bondage to walk into your blessing but because you don’t like the quiet periods, you prefer to fast-forward your journey only to enter into captivity twice!
A quiet moment and a roundabout route can actually save your life.
Let’s look at the story of Joseph, the son of Jacob.
His life took a detour, an unplanned painful change, but it developed and prepared him for the future. He suffered (Psalm 105:17-22). He was sold as a slave, his feet bruised with shackles, and his neck was put in irons.
Yet out of that detour, he became a prime minister with a difference. He knew hardship, pain, and suffering. He was in charge of the government and ruler over all the land.
Embrace the unplanned change. The long route could just be for your own good.
Excerpt from You Can Be Set Free: Purposefully Unleash Yourself and Reclaim Your Joy. Published by Dunamis Press, Copyright 2014
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