“Thus Edom refused to give Israel passage through his territory; so Israel turned away from him.”
Two things here; first if Moses was just following the LORD and the pillar, the cloud of smoke and fire that God had set before them, he wouldn’t need permission from Edom. So follow the LORD, not the world.
“You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.”
Secondly; we also can look at this obstacle as a way the LORD directs us from disaster. Often times in life we can lose a job, have health issues or financial problems. Then you feel like you have to go the long way around! Realize when these obstacles of life appear it maybe the LORD saving you from a bigger disaster!
“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.”
Life happens, but if we are following hard after the LORD, you will be blessed and know that when we follow the LORD, He is always saving us from even bigger disasters! Have a blessed day in the LORD!