Do you think God could have miraculously moved the Exodus pilgrims up and out of bondage and into the land of milk and honey in a split second? He really is the God of the universe. Any being who could bring the universe into existence certainly could do that! However, man didn’t design the true God and we certainly shouldn’t try to define Him outside of His Word.
God is His Word and He hasn’t changed. We can’t see God but we can see His effects. We see Him in the Word and we can see Him wherever an individual manifests His operation in his/her life. Our big example is His son, Jesus Christ. God is spirit and He imparted spirit to Jesus Christ.
So why the trek across the desert? The truth is God didn’t whip an abracadabra world into being when He said ‘Let there be light’. Light is energy and it transforms energy into a force to make things happen. The force needs to be utilized. God didn’t create a fantasy world. He created a working world. Living things in this world grow, mature, work, produce, function, endure, repair, believe, trust, love, think, and move among many other things that require energy. Even the signs and miracles that occurred when they left Egypt behind required action.
Action is not a way of earning God’s grace, it is the way to carry it out. Grace is unearned favor. It is a gift. If someone gives you $1000 as a gift, it is not earned. If you don’t utilize the money, you don’t get the benefits of the gift. God is the great giver and He has given us His spirit also. It is His desire to love and bless people, but people have to act upon His Word and utilize His grace. God’s love is active and grace is not just some lovely bauble. It is the power to do!