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Thursday, January 24, 2013 The Divine Detour

This week at Liberty is Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW for short). It’s a time when we are given extra opportunity to get ourselves spiritually focused for the coming semester. Liberty brings in a speaker to preach the Word and challenge students in their walk with Christ. This semester’s speaker is the beloved Clayton King; he’s somewhat of a celebrity here on campus.

Last night he talked about Joseph’s story in Genesis 39. We learned about what Clayton liked to call “Joseph’s Divine Detour.” The Holy Spirit was definitely at work as Clayton's message resonated within hearts and people gave their lives to Christ for the first time. Awesome.

This message really hit home for me because Clayton explained how sometimes when things don’t go like we planned in life, it’s not a misfiring of God’s plan, but rather a divine detour that God specifically had in mind. You see, last year, things were going fantastic. I was thoroughly enjoying my time here at Liberty – both academically and socially. I was spiritually growing at an exponential rate, my future was looking good, and I was really certain that I was following in the path God was laying out for me when WHAM. Detour. Except I didn’t see it as a detour then. I saw it more like an “Uh, hey God. You saw what just happened, right? And You know that’s now how it’s supposed to go, right? So You’ll take care of this and put it back together, right? ….Uh, God??”

Well Joseph got detoured, too. He had these vivid dreams about coming to power and his brothers bowing down to him (Genesis 37), but then he was sold into slavery and got put in the king’s prison even though he didn't sleep with Potiphar’s wife. Talk about a detour. But here’s the important thing, the detours were necessary to get to the destination. Oh I’m sure God could have made it a lot simpler on Joseph by giving him a fast pass to the top, but then there would have been no dependence on God, no refining of Joseph’s character, and no glorification of God through the process. A detour is just a different path to the same destination. I can handle a detour.

Maybe you’ve been derailed from the path you thought would make your dreams a reality. Maybe you didn’t get into your dream school, maybe you’re facing a major health dilemma, or maybe every piece of your car all of a sudden needs repairs. I would challenge you to look at these obstacles as detours rather than rejections of your dreams. If God has given you a dream, He will definitely lead you to it – but maybe not like you expected. Either way, God's got you. The path may look illogical to us, but it makes perfect sense to God and it will take you right where you need to go.

Make sure to check out Clayton King’s message on how to handle Divine Detours for yourself at Liberty’s YouTube channel!

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