Psalm 77:19-20 (NIV) – Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. You led your people like a flock.
Even though God performed many miracles and led Israel out of slavery and into freedom, the Israelites often found themselves complaining. This is partly because they viewed their time in the wilderness as aimlessly “wandering.” But this was not the case. Despite the circuitous route they took, God had a purpose and was on a mission. What seemed like “wandering” was actually God’s desire to teach, test, and lead them, making sure their faith would hold up once they arrived. He wanted them to be fit for their new destination. In this way, the Psalmist gets it right when He acknowledges that even though God may have left no footprints, He is not far away. He was shepherding and directing His people always!
If you are feeling a bit aimless and without direction, perhaps God is purposely not taking a direct route. He may be taking the time to teach, test, and direct your steps to greater faith and trust in him.
Let us pray that God would set us free from “wandering” and into certainty that He is leading and shepherding us to greater faith and blessing.