Detours, Dead Ends, And Dry Holes
Take your Bibles please and turn would you to Exodus chapter 13. Exodus chapter 13. I want to speak to you today on this subject detours, dead ends and dry holes. I am reading Exodus chapter 13 and verse 17, "And it came to pass when Pharaoh had let the people go that God led them." We'll just stop right there and in a moment we're going to read a whole lot more. But just keep your Bibles opened. But notice the fact, God led them. He leadeth me, o blessed thought, words with heavenly comfort fraught. He leadeth me. Aren't you glad that God does lead us? That the Bible says, "As many as are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God." "All the way my Savior leads me what have I to ask beside. Can I doubt His tender mercy who through life has been my guide. And we thank God for that and we rejoice in that, that God leads us, and yet sometimes friends, we find ourselves in the biggest messes. And we find ourselves on backroads. We find ourselves in deadend alleys. we find ourselves in dry places. And we say, "Well if God is leading us, He doesn't know how to read a map. or else I don't know how to follow, or I must be out of His will, because if God is leading me how come I keep on ending up on detours and dead ends and desert roads." Well we're going to try to answer that today from the word of God. We're going to find out that God does lead us. And we're on the king's highway. And we're on a journey to joy with Christ as our companion and the Holy Spirit as our guide and the Bible as our map. But yet many times it doesn't turn out just exactly like we expect. We find a lot of unexpected things along the road of life and it's not however because we misread the map. First of all I want you to look here at the discipline of detours. The discipline of detours. "And it came to pass when Pharaoh had let the people go that God led them, not through the land of the Philistines, although that was near, God said, lest per ...
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