Leadership Lessons from the Life of Moses
Know When to Take the long Route
“Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”” Exodus 13:17 NKJV
There are few things that Moses and children of Israel 🇮🇱 experienced on their journey to the promise land taking the scenic route. Allow me to use the word scenic because God was going to show them things that were never revealed to mankind before. And also things that they would have never experienced if they took the shorter route.
In this study, we are going to take a journey with the Israelites through the scenic route to the promise land. I want us to stop at any time and study some of the experiences in details. I would appreciate feedback and comments as we journey together through the word of God.
The Red Sea experience
“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.”” Exodus 14:13-14 NKJV
The first obstacle in the scenic route was the Red Sea, this was the first sign that God is able to deal with any natural hindrance apart from the Egyptians. All the 10 plaques were about God dealing with the major hindrance which was Pharaoh, but this case the Red Sea was standing before them as a natural obstacle.
From this experience we learn that:
– God knows what He’s doing.
“So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea…” Ex. 13:18
– God leads our way.
“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light…” Ex. 13:21
-When we see obstacles
God sees opportunities. He will make a way where there seems to be no way out
– Israel was not prepared for Great hostility.
The shortest route would have taken the Israelites through hostile Philistine country. They were not prepared to encounter such hostility.
– God wanted His children to know that there is no turning back.
With the Red Sea now sealing off the Israelites’ route back to Egypt, they understood that the food and delicacies that they were fond of as slaves were now a memory.