TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, September 16, 2019:
A roundabout or circuitous way or course; one used temporarily when the main route is closed.
The Lord will fulfill, His purpose, for me.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Like most of us you have hopes and dreams for your future and you work hard to see those plans come true. It often happens just as you are within sight of your goal -- something puts the object of your pursuit even further away from your grasp. It is a DETOUR that makes you doubt whether you will ever succeed in your effort.
We want to share two examples of DETOURS from the Bible:
For Jacob, one of his detours was the moment he realized he had been deceived and was married to Leah instead of Rachel. Read Genesis 29:25-27 to see what happened.
For the disciples, it was when the Messiah they hoped would restore the kingdom of Israel was crucified. Read Luke 24:13-21 for the details.
What was it for you? Did your company reorganize and let you go just as you were up for a promotion? Has some illness or financial problem impeded your progress? It can be any number of setbacks that break your heart and crush your spirit.
If you have included God in your plan you need to understand that God did not fail you. He has a better plan than you realize. Though the DETOUR is difficult, you will ultimately see that it was worth it if your complete trust is in the Lord.
You must learn to ask yourself as you wait on God --- is this goal I have been pursuing more important than my relationship with God? Will you still trust Him, even though you cannot see how to reach your goal? Read the verse again from Psalm 138:8 above, The Psalmist reminds us to trust Him! “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for you.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:29.
For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also suffer for His sake.
Help me to remember that God always has something better for us. Out of the children that Jacob had with Leah came 6 of the 12 tribes of Israel. The disciples came to understand that the Messiah was ushering in the eternal kingdom of God. My prayer is that you may show me Your purpose for me and you will fulfill Your perfect will in my life.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, 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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