When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, "If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt." So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.
Note: "The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle," BUT, "God said, 'If they face war, they might change their minds...'" (So the Israelites did not fight a battle--God did.)
Just because you look ready doesn't mean you are ready. Only God knows when you really are ready--and then, you must believe Him and GO, or you might find yourself wandering in a wilderness for, oh say, 40 years.
Just my lesson from last night,
(P.S. I think this passage is amazing for another reason: How often do the Scriptures just tell us what God was thinking/saying to Himself about a particular scenario? I love that He tells us His motivation for this move.)
Quotations taken from the NIV.