Read: Exodus 13-15
Marked: Exodus 13:17, Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them [by] way of the land of the Philistines, although that [was] near; for God said, “Lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”
I find this same fickleness at work in me. I know what is right and true, but find that my mind can often convince me to do the opposite or causes me to return to where I came from.
Especially when it comes to following the Lord. Unless I’ve set my course, it is tempting to go back to my old ways of living when things get difficult.
The wisdom of God is apparent in this verse. He lead His people so far away Egypt that going back would be difficult, if not impossible.
When temptation comes it is best to stay away from what is tempting you. Or find some other way that leads you as far away from temptation as possible.