Choosing the Easy Way

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle.  Exodus 13:17‭-‬18 ESV

 

I don’t know about you but I am lazy; I like to do things the easy way. Or what appears to be the easy way. At the end of each pregnancy I want a scheduled c-section because it’s easier than labor. The kids are allowed to get unruly because it’s easier than constantly reminding them to mind their manners. The dirty dishes get left all day because it’s too hard to fill a sink of water for just those few. I do tasks myself to avoid the work of training someone else to do it correctly. When the going gets tough and I decide to take what I deem the easy way, I create some of my biggest issues.

 

When I chose to the easy way, I create a bigger problem. God designed our bodies to give birth and science shows the benefits outweigh the suffering. One day of unruly children leads to extra days of retraining and extra guidance. When I stay on top of the bad attitudes and behaviours I don’t have to “freak out” as my kids say. Tackling a small task lessens the effort required and the time to complete. My job as mom is to send godly men and women into the world who have a strong work ethic and necessary life skills. Choosing what appears to be the easy way makes life miserable for all involved.

 

Choosing the Easy Way

 

So just as God knows my tendency toward the easy way, he knew his chosen people as well. He knew that given a choice the people leaving Egypt would simply return to what they knew when faced with hardship; because what we already know is easy. So God took his people away from the easy path – through the land of the Philistines – and into the wilderness where he could show them a better way. He displays his saving power and goes on to teach them how to be his people through many more difficult experiences. Going the easy way wouldn’t have provided the same atmosphere of learning and success.

 

So what’s my point?

I guess what I’m trying to say is: No matter what you’re facing – from building new habits to choosing a new way of eating or struggles concerning money or parenting or your marriage – remember that choosing the easy way might not get you the results God (and you) desires for your life.

 

What difficulty are you facing today that has you looking longingly at the easy way?

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