I traveled the route through this wilderness.
It's a Trade Route the ancients called The King's Highway and its use has been contested for millennia. Those in control of the only way forward can demand anything for its use. Why? Because it's the way through this land.
My friend Ron Vandergriend included me in a trip he led through Egypt a few years ago and we traveled The King's Highway. When we got to this desolate place (in present-day Jordan), we all took pictures. Somewhere near here Moses asked the Edomites to let Israel pass along the highway. The Edomites not only refused, they attacked the Israelites on their way to the Promised Land.
Your WAY forward may be difficult.
People may stand against you.
They may fight you.
They may attack you.
Resistance doesn't always indicate you're going the wrong way. In fact, you may be facing trials because you're going the right way.
The easy way isn't the best way; the best way is the best way.
Numbers 20:14-21 - From Kadesh, Moses sent messengers to the king of Edom. He said, “Your brothers, the Israelites, say to you: You know about all the troubles we have had, how our ancestors went down into Egypt and we lived there for many years. The people of Egypt were cruel to us and our ancestors, but when we cried out to the Lord, he heard us and sent us an angel to bring us out of Egypt."
“Now we are here at Kadesh, a town on the edge of your land. Please let us pass through your country. We will not touch any fields of grain or vineyards, and will not drink water from the wells. We will travel only along the king’s road, not turning right or left until we have passed through your country.”
But the king of Edom answered: “You may not pass through here. If you try, I will come and meet you with swords.”
The Israelites answered: “We will go along the main road, and if we or our animals drink any of your water, we will pay for it. We only want to walk through. That’s all.” But he answered: “You may not pass through here.”
Then the Edomites went out to meet the Israelites with a large and powerful army. The Edomites refused to let them pass through their country, so the Israelites turned back.