We have all experienced the inconvenience of being re-routed by an unexpected detour. Detours can be frustrating as they interrupt our original travel plans. Detours often increase our travel time and take us through unfamiliar territory. Today, I want to share three reasons why God allows divine detours on our pathway to success.
1. Accidents will cause divine detours in our life. We are all accustomed to blue lights flashing, as officers redirect traffic after an accident. Through no fault of our own, we are negatively impacted by someone else’s reckless and/or inattentive behavior. The Bible describes it in this manner in Proverbs 13:20, "He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." In other words, when you travel too close in life to an irresponsible person, you can easily become collateral damage of their poor choices. It’s not your bad decision that caused the wreck, but it none the less becomes your frustration. You can be delayed in life simply because you are too close to the wrong people.
2. Our own poor choices will cause divine detours in our life. When we choose to veer away from biblical principles, divine delays are bound to happen. In fact, when we choose to ignore God and create our own alternate route to success, we are asking for trouble. King Solomon said it this way in Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." The right path to follow often demands hard work and sacrifice. Don’t be enticed to take shortcuts in life! They only lead to dead ends and divine delays.
3. Construction projects will cause divine detours in our life. Anytime the highway department is trying to improve something old or build something new, they set up detours. In the same manner, we are all Christians under construction. Sometimes God will orchestrate a divine detour in our life to give us time to build our character and/or develop our faith. But just because we have been delayed doesn’t mean we have been denied. Philippians 1:6 says it best, "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." Be encouraged, my friend, when God starts an improvement project in your life, He will complete it. He will not give up on you, so don’t you dare give up on yourself!
Detours are a part of life. There will always be unexpected delays that seem to appear at the most inopportune times in our lives. We have to just make the necessary adjustments and move forward. I leave you with the words found in Proverbs 16:9, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."
Pastor Cornell Maltbia is senior pastor at True Holiness Saints Center in Conway. He serves on various nonprofit boards throughout his tenure of community service. For more information or to contact Maltbia, log onto trueholiness.net.