"Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”
When God diverted the Israelites through the Sinai Desert, He used the experience to show them who He was and what He expected of them. For those individuals who obeyed Him, such as Joshua and Caleb, the Promised Land became their reward. Sometimes God takes us on a route that may not make sense. If we are ready to serve Him in a particular way, we may wonder why He doesn't let us go directly to our destination. When God takes us a different route, there's a good reason. He may slow us down until we're better prepared. If God has you on a detour, don't despair. Use the time to draw closer to Him and wait for Him to show you the next turn.