God did not lead them on the road through Philistine country though that would have been shorter. For God said “if they face war they might change their minds and return to Egypt”…The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle.
As I read these few words I was struck by how often I cry out to God for answers but then carry on with my own means of deliverance and rescue. God was leading them in such a way as not to face war and battle but they go ready for battle.
How often do we ask God to hear us but that is all we want from Him as we already have our battle plan in place?