God's Tender Leading
1. By the time we come to Exodus, chapter 13, God has delivered His people from the wicked Pharaoh of Egypt. They are now on their way to the Promised Land.
2. The closest route to the Promised Land would have been to take the direct route along the Mediterranean coast. This would have been a journey of only a few weeks.
a. However, God also knew that the shorter route led through the land of the Philistines, a pagan people that Israel was not spiritually mature enough to face at that time.
3. In God's mercy and grace, He chose to lead Israel away from her enemies. They had just been saved from Pharaoh. . .they certainly were not prepared physically, emotionally, or spiritually, to do battle with the Philistines.
4. I think when we get to heaven, God may just lay out life's map for us, and let us see how and why He led us the way He did:
a. We wonder, oftentimes, why God seems to allow us so much difficulty in life--why the road does not seem to be very easy. . .why things are so tough. . .
1) I certainly do not profess to have all the answers, but I have confidence in this: God's always works from a position of love, mercy and grace. . .and His leading, though not always understood, is with a tender hand. . .to do that which is best for us.
2) Psalm 25:6, ''Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.''
3) Psalm 145:9, ''The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.''
5. Let me give you a brief outline, as we consider the message, ''God's Tender Leading.''
I. FIRST, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT GOD DOES, IN FACT, LEAD HIS CHILDREN
Proverbs 20:24, ''Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?''
Jeremiah 10:23, ''O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.' ...
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