And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. -Philippians 1:12 NLT
Think about the Apostle Paul, for example. God called him to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles and plant churches all around the Roman Empire, but after only a short time, he was arrested and thrown in jail.
Prison appeared at first to be a deviation from the main mission, but instead of derailing Paul’s task, it served to be an unexpected opportunity to advance God’s goal. In Philippians chapter 1, he wrote to new believers about his time in jail. He said, “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.”
The same is often true along the road of your life. God doesn’t send detours to intentionally disappoint you or to waste time with unnecessary delays. But unfortunately, when things don’t go as planned, it’s easy to forget to factor in the possibility that the Lord might be carefully guiding even the difficult circumstances we encounter. (Jer. 29:11) Or that His plan might be a far better –and safer- course of action than the direction we choose to go.
- Think about the current detour in the your life, could God be using it for something greater?
- Ask Holy Spirit to give you faith and joy through every circumstance, even when you don’t know the whole plan.