"During the day the Lord went ahead of them, in a pillar of cloud, to guide them on the way, and at night, in a pillar of fire, to illuminate them, and so they could walk day and night." 

(Ex 13.21).

When the people of Israel left Egypt under Moses' leadership, God did not guide them the quickest or easiest way. 

The direct route was shorter, but heavily manned by Egyptian soldiers. 

Thus, God avoided confrontation and also prevented the Israelites from giving up the journey to Canaan and trying to return to Egypt. It was on the "alternative" path that God showed his power, allowing the people to cross the Red Sea miraculously, and also granted his Law on Mount Sinai.

Although the journey was more difficult and longer, God was with the Israelites, giving them direction both day and night (see the highlighted verse). 

In the Christian life, sometimes God allows his children to follow paths that seem to be the most difficult and distant, or else with no way out. 

There are also situations in which the heat of pressures stifles faith. However, God has a purpose in all circumstances of our lives. The Bible says that he "acts in all things for the good of those who love him, of those who have been called according to his purpose" (Rom. 8.28).

In all situations, God can show his power, as well as teach us perseverance. Given this, what have been your difficulties and struggles? Know that God knows your afflictions and pains beforehand. He is attentive to our needs. 

Look at what he promised in the past: "Before they cry out, I will answer; they will not be talking yet, and I will hear them" (Is 65.24). 

So, whatever the situation you are going through, trust God! It will give you the right direction for your life, be it day or night.

Conclusion - The direction given by God is not always the easiest, but it is certainly the best.