Summary: God wants to change our situation.
Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the Lord spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days.
2 And the Lord spake unto me, saying,
3 Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward. (KJV)
2 And we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as Jehovah had said unto me; and we went round mount Seir many days.
2 And Jehovah spoke to me, saying,
3 Ye have gone round this mountain long enough: turn you northward. (Darby)
1 Then we turned around and went back into the wilderness following the route to the Red Sea, as God had instructed me. We worked our way in and around the hills of Seir for a long, long time.
2 Then God said, 3 "You've been going around in circles in these hills long enough; go north. (THE MESSAGE Bible)
I) Circled Long Enough
a) Don’t realize you’re going in circles
b) Satisfied with where we are
II) Turn Northward
a) Signifies Change
The lord was saying they were ready for the promise.
b) Change Has Adversity
4 And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore:
5 Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession.
6 Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may drink.
7 For the Lord thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the Lord thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing. (KJV)