Are you undergoing a season of continuous tests?
Remember when you were in school, and in order to move from one level to the next, you had to take tests or undertake assignments. Aimed at assessing your personal growth.
Along our journey through life, God places many tests on our road. Whether we are on a straight path, unexpectedly there can be detours, roadblocks and deviations. As God takes us along a road trip or digression, where we cannot reach our destiny unless He is confident we are able to handle emotional, physical and spiritual tests.
Maybe pain and discomfort is your test right now. And like me, God is using this for His glory so that He can enable you to handle why He has you right in that difficult place you find yourself.
Most times our detours and roadblocks can be dependent on the personal choices and growth we make. Personal growth is something we need in order to encounter the plans and purposes of God. If we choose to be resentful, hard-headed or stubborn. Then sometimes we can find ourselves learning the same lesson repeatedly.
In the same way you exercise to strengthen your physical muscles. So too must your spiritual muscles be developed to move past selfishness, immaturity and doubt. And how many times do you give up sticking with an exercise regime or developing a new habit, because you want instant results. God has intentional purposes for the delays and detours in our lives. And the most fundamental part is that He uses them to develop us for where He next wants us to go.
In my own detour, I am discovering how much I require patience, if I want the process of healing to move in the correct direction. And here I am taking time to note God’s great plan for me, despite this roadblock.
Do you take time to note the plan God has for your life, even in the middle of a detour?
Detours are common in the bible. Some well known examples include Moses who was being prepared in the wilderness before performing wonders because of ‘Yahweh’ His God. To Joseph whose journey was a long one, leading from the pit finally to the palace. Then Hannah who was barren but prayed faithfully that she would have a child. To Ruth who suffered misfortune, but gave up her heritage to serve her mother-in-law. We view how God used such differing situations to prepare each of these ordinary men and women to accomplish extraordinary tasks for Him. And their lives became miracles in the making. Of rescue, restoration and rebuilding only because of the sovereignty of God.
Like you and I, they might have asked many questions in the detours and roadblocks they encountered. But, without them, they never would have gained the mindset, faith and abilities to carry out God’s plan. Detours and roadblocks are the places that God uses to develop us, not let us get discouraged. So that we perceive every and any delay as part of God’s process in pursuit of His purposes in our life. With vulnerability and openness.
Are you questioning whether everything makes sense in the place you find yourself?
Personal growth is a never ending journey. That requires time. With tests and failings. We will overcome if we allow God to develop and strengthen our spiritual muscles. In addition to sharpening our spiritual insight and wisdom to His ways and characteristics.
Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee that you will not face detours or roadblocks. From temporary immobility to illness. Tragedy to grief. But, I want to encourage you to take every test as an opportunity to learn, grow and develop. And trust that God is safeguarding you. In addition, there is a divine reason for every detour He instates in your life.
You have a God-designed destiny. A God-inspired purpose and a God-intended place that only you can live out. However, it might not be instant. It might not even be in the straight route you planned out. There might be disappointments and obstacles in the process, but here God can fill you with His hope. One that will never disappoint.
As I look at the plans I had for July 2020, and how differently they have panned out. My heart is not filled with fear, but with hope that as I patiently wait for God’s time, He raises my hope to accept that pain through the process. Is a strengthening of my hope through any detour or affliction. Trial or discomfort.
Do you long to have hope that never disappoints?
Look up to God who can instil His authentic hope so that no matter what detour or roadblock you are facing. Your faith will remain steady despite the storm and the circumstances. And you keep going because of faith. Like Moses, Joseph, Hannah and Ruth – they hoped against all hope. They believed when nothing seemed to be happening. And they continued to walk with God in faith, despite the delays.
It takes practice. And patience. Like any habit growing is not always an easy process. But maybe you can choose this with me. To thank God that every detour is meant for your good. That as a caring and attentive Father, he loves you enough to want you to flourish, be established and evolve and not be set in your ways of apprehension, ignorance and immaturity. For His preparation to be timely so that you are able to handle the destiny and dreams He has for you. After all it is only for God’s glory that everything I say is meant to inspire others. But in the process, I do not want to waste, lose or ruin the opportunities God grants me if I am not prepared to handle the purpose and destiny He has for me. In this phase He wants me to recognise His character ‘Jehovah Jireh’, my provider. My hope is being placed in Him alone and not the way things may seem. And ultimately boast in His providence and name.
This is no dead-end. God has great plans for your life. To shift you from fear to absolute faith. And personal development in His ways will open unexpected paths and prospects you never dreamt of. As you pray to discern God’s leading. Watch and wait. To do it God’s way, not your way.
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How do you trust God when there are detours or roadblocks – difficulties and disappointments in your life?
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