Did you notice after Pharaoh agreed to let the children of Israel go that they didn’t determine their own exit route? Why? Well, God knew the people most likely would have chosen the shortest route aka the shortcut which would have led them str8 into enemy territory. God also knew they didn’t have the strength mentally nor physically to stand up against the likes of the Philistine regime (Exodus 13:17-21). What was not optional for them is now optional to us. How many times have we taken shortcuts only to double back and start over! I use to think God placed more on me than I can bear so that I learned to understand that it was Him that brought me through. Although this is very true, I also understand the difference between free will versus God’s will! Let’s be honest and shame the devil; how many of us would have chosen the shortest route to the land flowing with milk and honey? I am talking about the home in Sweetwater baby! Modern world shortcuts are usually a temptation to cut the corner financially, ethically or morally. However what you are really saying is, ‘God, I think I can reach my goal a whole lot quicker my way than your way.’ Matthew 7:13 in the MSG says, “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do.” Bottom line, had the children of Israel taken the shortcut not only would they not have made it to the house built in Sweetwater, they would have lost everything including their lives!! At the end of the day, don’t take an ‘L’ because you think your way is better! Shortcuts are always short-sighted. They distract you from getting where you need to go and from what God wants you to do in your life.