Short Road or the Lord Road?

For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.” Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 

For what seemed like forever, I was on the hunt for a new vehicle. A truck, specifically. This was going to be the first vehicle that I choose, buy, pay for and have my name on the title. So naturally, I set high expectations. I told myself that if I was going to make an investment in my first truck, it had to be no older than a 2008, with less than 100,000 miles on it, preferably with a back seat, a tow package and four-wheel drive. 

Well, there I was, over a year later and still no truck. I couldn’t find a truck in the condition that I wanted without breaking the bank.

A couple weeks ago, my boyfriend brought by the truck he drives at work. The company he works for has had this truck for sale for a few months. He’s mentioned it to me here and there, but it’s been used a lot for the company, so I never thought anything of it. But when I saw it for the first time that day, it was love at first sight. My name was on the title two weeks later.

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) God did not lead them on this road, even though it was much shorter. He had a plan and it was perfect.

It’s the same with us. That truck had been right in front of my nose for four months. The truck is a 2007 with 115,000 miles on it, no four wheel drive, but it has a decent size back seat. God always knows which way is best. I tried taking the short road and doing it my way, but God wanted me to take the long road. Now I can see that my faith and trust is what grows on the long road. To be on the long road is to be on the Lord road.

Are you on the short road or the long road?

(Megan Berckhemer)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on Deliverance! Part 1: Confused and Trapped on February 6th, 2016 - Watch Sermon

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