God continually led the Israelites away from danger in their relationships with idols and foreign countries. Often their response to His guidance was identical to a toddler's: kicking and screaming and struggling to break free from His arms. It was clear by the time of Christ (and Paul) that many thought their religion was about rules, a way of life to appease an overbearing God, rather than a relationship of love. John, Jesus, the Twelve, Paul, and many others tried to show them another path, but many resisted. Their goal was as misplaced as a toddler's and their actions were leading them away from the abundant life God offered them.
When God suggests that you follow a different path, is your response as rebellious as that of the hardened Israelites? Do you allow Him to show you where your motives are wrong or your actions are leading you into hardship? Choose to be guided by the One Who is much wiser than you; choose to be one of the remnant who selects friendship with God rather than friendship with the world.