Look for Him in your detour

By Dave Henning / March 2, 2017

“So if God is not ready to deliver you from it [your detour], look for Him in it.”- Dr. Tony Evans

“But the LORD was with Joseph and extended kindness to him.  He granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden.”- Genesis 39:21

Dr. Tony Evans begins Chapter 6 (“The Presence of Detours”) of Detours with a discussion of the second way to discern you’re on a detour designed by God.

2.  God shows you His presence.  God shows you His favor and joins you in the pit.  Even though you’re most likely praying, “Lord, get me out of this detour,” God’s timing might be different than yours.  Therefore, if God isn’t ready to deliver you from your pit, look for Him to deliver you in your pit.

When God grants you favor in the midst of a trial, test, or detour, that possibly indicates you need to stay on that detour.  In other words, it isn’t the right time for delivery.

In addition, Dr. Evans takes a look at a pattern God often uses to show His presence.  As a slave in Potiphar’s house, Joseph rose to be in charge of everything.  The Bible tells us the Lord was with Joseph.  Later, as Joseph languished in jail, the jailer put him in charge.  Again, God showed up.  dr. Evans explains:

“When the Lord shows up twice in your life in a similar fashion, pay attention. . . . It is god confirming . . . doing this on purpose because He is giving you a double witness. . . . Look for how God might be speaking to you by doing or allowing something twice in your life.  Ask Him for wisdom to discern His hand of favor and what it means.”

In conclusion, God’s presence produces calm amid life’s turbulence- even when you remain in your detour.

Today’s question: What Bible verses or Christian books/songs help you look for Him in your detour?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “On the precipice of disaster”

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