Ever go on a road trip and find yourself distracted by the millions of billboards on the road seducing you to take a detour? Whether it's a detour to a lunch spot, hotel, mall, etc., what was supposed to be a 5 hour car ride somehow turns to 9 or 10. Half the time, when you get to the lunch spot, hotel, mall, or whatever, it's not even as good as the billboard may have promised. If you thought that detours only pop up when you're driving, you're in for a surprise!
The truth is, in our Christian walks, there are many detours that can distract us and lead us on a path we weren't originally supposed to be on. These "detours" always promise us something greater than what we have now, which is why we get lured in.
One man in the bible we know took a major detour or side trip is my man Jonah. In Jonah 1: 1-3
God was very clear, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and tryout against it; for the wickedness has come up before Me."
What did Jonah do? "But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD." <-- DETOUR!
I notice I am more likely to take detours when my eyes are no longer fixed on Christ. I DO get easily seduced by those worldly "billboards" that promise something better, bigger, and faster. Reality? The billboards I am often distracted by never live to their promises. But you know whose promises never fail no matter how many times I take side trips? Our Lord, Jesus Christ's. I have seen how Satan tries to lure me away from my true destination. Be warned. Satan can be persistent and the detours are often subtle. We have to be alert. Always praying. Always seeking FIRST His Kingdom.
Don't be fooled. Whatever this "IT" is that is slowly taking your attention away from your true purpose and true destination...it cannot and will not measure to the promise God has for You!
Stand Firm, brother and sisters.
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