TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, August 27, 2018:
A round about or circuitous way or route; used temporarily when the main route is closed; to turn away from your main course.
Thomas said to the other disciples, Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Many times, detours happen just when you are in sight of your goal. Something comes along that puts the object of your pursuit further away from your grasp. It is a detour that often makes you doubt whether you will ever succeed in your endeavor.
How many times has that happened to you. We read in Genesis 29:25-27 about Jacob the moment he realized his father-in-law had tricked him into marrying the wrong woman.
Jacob had worked for his father for seven years to marry Rachel but he was tricked by his father-in-law to marry her older sister, Leah. This led to a lengthy detour as he had to stay and work another seven years to marry Rachel.
For the disciples, they faced a great detour when they saw their Messiah who they hoped would restore the kingdom of Israel crucified on the cross.
When Jesus called His twelve disciples they left everything and set their course to follow Him. They had followed Him for three years. Suddenly He was taken from them. He was no longer with them to physically lead them and teach them about His heavenly Father and the kingdom of heaven. They had run into a real road block. After His resurrection, Jesus set them on a new course. He instructed them to go into all the world to teach others about the kingdom of heaven and Jesus’ gift of salvation. They would no longer be led by Jesus physical presence with them but would be led by the presence of the Holy Spirit. This was truly a detour they never expected.
What detours have you faced in life? Was there a company promotion or a raise you were supposed to get but did not receive? Has some illness or financial concern become a road block to your plans?
There can be any number of setbacks that break your heart and alter your course but you need to remember that God has not left you. He probably has a better plan for you and has not failed you. The detour you go through is difficult but when you wait upon the Lord you will soon see it was definitely worth waiting for. God will never let you down when you put your complete trust in Him. The key to this truth is; “Have you put your complete trust in Him?”
God had a greater plan for Jacob. From Leah’s womb came six of the 12 tribes of Israel. For the disciples, three days after the crucifixion they discovered that the kingdom that their Messiah was ushering in was greater and more powerful than they could ever imagine, because it was the eternal kingdom of God (Luke 24:44-49).
You must ask yourself today as you wait to see what God has for you, is the goal that I have been pursuing more important than my relationship with God? Put your trust in Him because, “the Lord will accomplish what concerns you” Psalm 138:8.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Genesis 1:1.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Help me daily to put my complete trust in you so that when I come upon detours in my life that I will seek your guidance to lead me in the right path. Help me to be an example to my family and friends so that they will put their complete trust in You and allow You to lead them by the power of His Holy Spirit working in them.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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