From Detours To Your Destiny

"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose"

Romans 8:28

I read a quote, “You never know when your detour will lead you to your destiny” and immediately thought of Joseph who we read about in the book of Genesis. The 11th of 12 sons Joseph was his fathers favorite which didn’t sit well with his brothers who tossed him into a pit leaving him for dead. I share this story with you in hope of encouraging you to make the most of life’s detours instead of escaping them.

God uses detours to get us to our destiny. Joseph's living proof. Sold as a slave he ends up in Egypt and instead of complaining he made the best of it and grew in favor as a servant to a high ranking official, Potiphar. It’s important to remember that “God was with Joseph and caused all that he did to prosper” until he encountered another detour when Joseph refused to fall for the sexual advances of Potiphar’s wife and he ended up in jail accused of rape.

It seems like Jospeh’s life goes from bad to worse yet we can’t forget God is always working in our lives to turn our detours into our destiny. There’s an old expression that sums up Joseph’s life so far, “just when things seemed like they can’t get any worse they do.” Even in prison the Lord was working and extending kindness and favor to Joseph and God used him to interpret the dreams of his fellow inmates who promised when they got out they would put in a good word for Jospeh but none did. Joseph was at rock bottom and guess what happens when we hit rock bottom? We discover Jesus is rock solid!

God was using all the detours in Joseph life to bring him to the place where he would interpret Pharaoh’s dream and be rewarded with the highest position in Egypt, second only to the Emperor. Joseph’s detours ultimately led him from “the pit to the palace” as they say and save many lives in Israel during a famine. My prayer for you today is that your response to life’s detours is like that of Joseph who would say to his own brothers who had left him for dead, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Remember, the evil that seeks to detour you God can use to elevate you to your destiny!

"No weapon formed against you shall prosper"

Isaiah 54:17


Michael Osthimer





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