There are no shortcuts on the pathway to God’s presence. Moses spent 40 years on the backside of the desert before he came to the burning bush. I am quite sure that for Moses, who had grown up in Pharoah’s court, those 40 years were anything but convenient. God’s timing, however, is always perfect; therefore, only He can be our guide. Only He can direct us in this path into the presence of God.
The pathway into God’s presence has nothing to do with convenience or shortcuts. We have a Great High Priest who did not take a shortcut but rather went all the way to the cross, and now He is seated on the right hand of God the Father. He went the full distance to become our Mediator and High Priest.
What if Christ would have taken a shortcut to the cross? Remember that night, that very dark night in Gethsemane, when Jesus prayed, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt” (Matt 26:39). Jesus took no road of convenience, nor did He seek a shortcut. He is our guide because He prayed, “Not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” He earned our trust and our obedience because He did not take the path of convenience but went the way of the cross and died for us and became our High Priest.
(Experiencing the Presence of God)