What’s Your Pharaoh?
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. Exodus 13:17 NIV
This is a testament to how beautiful God’s word is. I’ve read Exodus more than once in life but it’s always been the story of the promised land and of Pharaoh. All week, my prayer to God has specifically been “give me a word.” Not a blessing, not healing, not a specific direction…just a word – of encouragement, if you will. As I started reading Exodus, I started with “what are the Pharaohs of my life? What has me bound and held captive?” As I continued to read I got to – “what does my promised land look like?” But then I arrived here – Exodus 13:17. This verse has never looked more like a word for me than today.
Sometimes we focus on the Pharaohs. Sometimes we see the goal. But how often do you consider the road? By definition, Exodus means an evacuation, an exit. So in perspective: Pharaoh is the captivity. Exodus is the road to deliverance, the escape The promised land is, well, the promise. The road (my Exodus) is proof that my God is intentional. He knows how much I can handle to keep me facing Him and what He promised, and He knows at what level of adversity I’d turn back to Pharaoh. Sometimes my intentional God will take the long way to save me from more war. So in this answered prayer, the encouragement for me was…Pharaoh is behind me, the promised land always comes (that’s bible – the God of Moses will do it for me too), and my focus in my season is to travel the road set before me knowing my intentional God laid the path before me.
Most of all…sometimes my deliverance will require I take the long way around! ❤️✝️
Father God, I thank You! Thank You for answering my prayer so swiftly. Thank You for never letting me feel forgotten. Thank You for Your love when I feel less than, Your grace when I don’t get it right, and Your direction for my intentional living. Lord, You are merciful, gracious, and holy. Thank You for filling my life with Your word daily. Lord, I am blessed with the opportunity to get to know You more and more every day, and for that, I am forever grateful. I do not want to do life alone, without You. I thank You for my completed exodus, and to never turning back to the Pharaohs of my life. For I know, without doubt, that the God of Moses will bring me to the promised land, too! And this I pray in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah! Amen!