The route God chose for the Israelites to leave Egypt was not by an easily traveled road but was a
detour through the wilderness. The other road led through a populated area; it was easier and
much more traveled, but in His wisdom, God chose the long road for the Israelites.
On this long route there were no highways, no bridges, no resources to supply their needs and no
signs to direct their paths. In fact, it took them two years to reach Kadeshbarnea, which was on
the southern extremity of the land of Canaan. But even this teaches us that God chooses the way
His people should go.
There is a very important lesson to be learned from this incident. We should not only realize that
God chooses the way, but we should recognize that it is for our best if we respond to His
When God began to lead them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, Israel’s
walk of faith really began. They were to move when the cloud moved, and they were to stay
when the cloud remained stationary.
They were to depend totally on the Lord for leadership. Just as the cloud went before the
Israelites, the Lord goes before those who are His own. The Bible says, “When he putteth forth
his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice” (John
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye