God’s Paths

Have you ever noticed how God’s paths for our lives never take the quick route? It seems like they always take the longest route possible. Take Joseph for instance. God gave him dreams of his family bowing down to him. His path went from there to his brothers beating him, throwing him in a pit and selling him as a slave. As Potiphar’s servant, he worked his way up the chain of command only to be accused of trying to rape Potiphar’s wife which landed him in jail. In jail he earned the jail keepers trust, but was forgotten for years until he was able to interpret pharaoh’s dream. It was still nearly a decade before the dream came true where his family bowed down.

David was minding his business watching the sheep while his brothers were being presented to the prophet to see which one would be king one day. When none of them were chosen, David was sent for. Immediately he was anointed as the next king in front of his family. He then fought Goliath and won the respect of the nation, but wasn’t elevated to the throne. He went back to watching sheep until he was called to play the harp for the king. He was close to the throne, but was a lowly servant. That’s when the king tried to kill him. He was on the run for over ten years having to leave his family and country behind. Finally, the king and his sons died and he was elevated to king, but only for a portion of the country. It would be a while before he was king over all Israel.

Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them” (AMP). When God reveals our destiny or calling, we often think of the shortest route there, but that’s not the way God usually leads us. His path is long and goes through difficulties. He uses His paths to shape us, mold us, prepare us and position us. If you find yourself on the long way around to where you’re going, take heart. You’re in good company. God is guiding and directing your paths. His ways are not our ways. They’re much better even though it may not feel like it in the moment. Trust God’s processes on your way to His promises.

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