It"s Only A Detour
Situations that make you pray but nothing changed.
Situations that make you question your walk with God.
These situations are better known as Detours! Lately, I have spoke with many people who are going through this season and don't know how to handle it.
As a result, many of them are frustrated, aggravated, and ready to throw in the towel because they feel as if God has forgotten about them.
If that's you...
What is a Detour? You might be wondering what does a detour has to do with your present circumstance.
In fact, it has everything to do with it.
In order to help you to understand what you are going through, let's look at the definition of a detour: I define a detour as the last stage or step before a new beginning.
What exactly does that mean? I am sure that you've once come across a Detour sign on certain roads that are getting reconstructed.
There is usually a sign on that lets you know that you will not be able to pass through that particular road until construction is completed.
Why do we get on a Detour? Have you ever been on a road that has pot holes and bumps everywhere? You say to yourself, "someone needs to fix this road because it's really bad" or "they need to add another lane here so that traffic is not always this congested.
" You get a detour because there are some things in your life that needs an upgraded and reconstruction.
When you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, He will always take you through a detour because it is on that detour that you will learn how to solely trust Him.
It is on that detour that you will understand the meaning of faith.
It is during that detour that God will make Himself known to you in ways that you would have never known.
We serve of a God who likes to upgrade our relationship with Him.
What does it mean to "upgrade" your relationship with God? It's very vital that we upgrade our walk with God because if we don't, here is what will happen: 1.
We loose our passion to go after Him, or seeking His face.
We become confused, frustrated, aggravated, and angry at God.
Satan attacks us every area of our life.
We loose focus of your dreams, visions, and destiny.
We become suicidal and don't want to go to church.
We become insensitive and cold towards one another.
These are only few of the things that happen to those who don't upgrade their relationship with God.
Your relationship with God should always increase and not decrease.
In other words, you should have a better knowledge of God today than you did yesterday.
How do we get on a Detour? You get on a detour when God has big plans for your life and He doesn't want you to mess it up.
We serve a God that is caring, loving, and compassionate.
Whenever you are destined to do great things for God, He will not let the enemy or yourself mess it up.
Because of that, God will sometimes allow us to go through a season of surrender.
A season that He puts on in certain situations that no one else but Him alone can get us out of them.
Have you ever been in that place? Or are you in that place right now?When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, our lives are not our own anymore.
He can do whatever He pleases to do with it.
When you truly surrender to God, you have no saying in what God does in your life.
Unlike our society, God's leadership style is not a democratic one but an dictatorship.
He dictate what needs to be happen and we follow Him with obedience.
Plain and simple! How long do we stay on a Detour? Everyone's detour is different.
I believe that the length of your detour is based on two primary things: 1.
The length of your detour is based on God's will for your life.
Sometimes God will keep you in that detour in order to prepare you for what is ahead of you.
If God doesn't prepare you to deal with certain situations and the attack of the enemy, when those times come, you will be defeated, making you discouraged and ready to call it quits.
The length of your detour is based on your obedience to God's voice.
We see a prime example of this in the book of Jonah, when God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach His word.
However, Jonah decided not and went into a ship.
To his disappointment (thinking he could run away from God) he didn't get anywhere because God commanded a whale to swallow him and take him to his appointment, which was Nineveh.
Making the best out of your Detour Going through a detour can be a challenging time for anyone because your detour will require you to change some things about yourself like your character, or personality that you don't want to.
Even though going through a detour is not always pleasant, you can still have a good time while going through it.
The word of God tells us to, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-4).
Your detour is not going to last forever.
The reason why so many people feel like their detours will never end is because of impatience.
God has not brought you this far to let you go.
Keep you head up and you will be rewarded in due season.
I will leave you with this famous verse from Isaiah 40:30,"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.