“When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.”

~Exodus 13:17, NLT


Independence toward God has in it the seed of real tragedy. Being dependent upon Him has in it the possibility of real independence.

~Clovis Chappell

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God could have lead the Israelites up the coast through Philistia which would have been a 10-14 day trip but He intentionally lead them into the wilderness. He wanted to separate them from the world and unto Himself for a time of instruction, training and worship. He wanted to teach them to live by faith so He carried them to a place where He was the only means of survival. Of course He came through with water from the Rock and Manna from heaven. His purpose was to teach them to be totally dependent upon Him. True independence comes when we learn to be totally dependent upon Christ our Savior and Lord. In Egypt [A type of the world] the Israelites were slaves and by rebelling against God they slipped back into a slavery of a different sort; they became slaves to sin. Eventually it cost them their freedom and life became hard. God wanted to bless them and He would have had they listened to His voice and obeyed His word.

I am convinced that Israel would have become the greatest nation on the planet had they been faithful to God. I also believe that the United States has enjoyed unprecedented peace and prosperity due to the insight of our forefathers and God’s amazing grace. I also believe that we are making the same mistakes that the Israelites made. We have ceased to listen and obey. Our centers of entertainment are filled and our churches are empty. We have perverted God’s order: originally we used things and loved people–now we use people and love things. We need REVIVAL in America.


Hard day coming up. Pray for Kevin and Haley and the boys. It has been an unusual week to say the least. Our friends and family have been so gracious. There were at least 20 vehicles at the two houses last night. The outpouring of love has been phenomenal. We do appreciate your prayers.

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