Destiny and Detours – Fast Track?
Key Bible Verse: God did not lead them on the road that … was the shortest way from Egypt to the Promised Land. – Exodus 13:17
Bonus Reading: Exodus 13:17-22
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. True in geometry, but not necessarily for what God is doing in my life.
Say I’ve started work at a certain company, point A, and sense that God’s will is to take me to that corner office on the second floor, point B. I envision being assigned to lead a strategic task-group and coming in under budget and on time. This brings me to the attention of the decision makers, who start moving me to different positions to gain experience with the whole operation. When the corner office comes open, I’m the natural choice for it—a nice straight line.
Instead, I get assigned to something peripheral, working in some side cubicle, and nobody knows I work here. God in His wisdom knows that the shortest distance is a zigzag!
It may be that there’s some person who’d be envious of my rapid promotion and undercut it, and I’d never get to point B. It could be that I’ll need some skills I don’t yet possess, and God will take me on an alternate path to develop them. Perhaps some networking connections are key. Then when I’m ready, He’ll move me back into the straight-line path.
—Don Sunukjian in Preaching Today
My Response: Can I accept the alternate track God has placed me on without understanding the reason(s) for it?
Thought to Apply: I find that doing the will of God leaves me with no time for disputing about His plans.—George MacDonald (Scottish author)
Adapted from Preaching Today (Tape 251)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, decrease my preoccupation with my destination and increase my concern for the process You are using to shape my character.