Spiritual Detours

Worldly detours are distractions from the original intended route that we had planned to take. Detours are typically unexpected and inconvenient. Detours take us off our intended route, and it takes us longer than we had planned to get to our final destination. Spiritual detours can be seen as the same definition.

Why does God take us on Spiritual Detours? One reason God may take us on a spiritual detour is for the purpose of maturing and equipping us for the future.

Another reason God sends us on a spiritual detour is to encourage those who struggle with difficult circumstances by helping them identify the Lord’s hand in the midst of the storm.

We see many examples in the bible of men that were sent on spiritual detours, example.

Moses wondering in the wilderness for forty years (Numbers 32:13), Abraham was sent on a detour for twenty-five years while he waited for God to give him an heir

(Genesis 12:1-4; 21:1-8), the Apostle Paul waited three years for his preaching to continue (Galatians 1:15-18), Joseph spent thirteen years enduring slavery and prison before entering Pharaoh’s service

(Genesis 37:1-2; 41:46).

Just like these biblical examples, God often takes us on detours to develop us for a purpose and helps us to develop patience while doing so.

One very important thing to remember while we travel down this road called life, is that when we have a detour ahead of us, make sure you always have God with you. God promises to stay with us not only when we have detours in life but through a whole host of trials and storms. He tells us this in Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.



Robby Cable

Providence Church of Christ