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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Jan
25

The Long Route to Blessings

Rod Shimabukuro

Scripture
"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." So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle." (Exodus 13:17-18)
Observation
The God of mercy, faithfulness, love and details - guided His people so accurately. We expect Him to be a few steps ahead of us - a few days or decades before us. But sometimes I'm so forgetful of the detail orientation of my God!

Through this passage, I'm reminded of the detail mindedness of my God, because He desires for me to know that He is My loving, caring and faithful God! I wonder how many times He has guided me, taking me the Long Way around to His blessings, knowing that I would falter, buckle and give up.
Application
The God of mercy, faithfulness, love and details - guided His people so accurately. We expect Him to be a few steps ahead of us - a few days or decades before us. But sometimes I'm so forgetful of the detail orientation of my God!

Through this passage, I'm reminded of the detail mindedness of my God, because He desires for me to know that He is My loving, caring and faithful God! I wonder how many times He has guided me, taking me the Long Way around to His blessings, knowing that I would falter, buckle and give up.

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My heart is filled with immense gratitude, an overflowing joy unspeakable and a faith that feels like I cannot be shaken!

Today, I am different and will live differently by:

  1. Cultivating a spirit of gratefulness and living it through a smile, encouraging others.
  2. I am filled with a renewed, strengthened faith in Him. So I desire to speak of His faithfulness to others around me by encouraging them with this passage.
  3. I want to live more patiently, trusting God to guide me - EVEN when it seems like the LONG WAY to a blessing. I know He has my good, and His purposes in mind!
Prayer
I am filled to the brim of my heart Lord - because of You! Thanks for opening my heart and giving me a fresh meal today!! Help me to live with this kind of faith, trust and love all the day-week-month-year-LIFE long!!

Devotions for January 25

Exodus 12,13
Psalms 21
Acts 1

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