Enjoying the Journey

Sometimes the straightest line between A and B is not the route God chooses for us. His ways and thoughts truly are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). At times we chart the course and set off toward the destination, only to see God unexpectedly change our direction. If you have been there you know what I am talking about. At these times life can be more than a little disorienting. 

Here are some things to remember when God changes your direction:

  1. God has not changed. Thousands of years ago the prophet Malachi recorded God’s words, “I am the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:8). A.B. Simpson had it right when he wrote, “All may change, but Jesus never – glory to His name!” The Lord Jesus Christ said He would be the same “yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Go back to what you know for sure…and who you know for sure. He is always good. He is always faithful. He is always right. He will always finish what He started.
  2. The destination has not changed. Wait a minute! If the direction changes, doesn’t the destination change? It depends on which destination you are talking about. We have goals in mind and objectives that very often were not set by God. The goal of the Christian life is the knowledge and glory of God. That destination has not changed. You are still on your way to heaven and you are still headed toward the same agenda here on earth – God’s glory.
  3. God is changing you. When the Lord takes us on a divinely ordered detour there is always a purpose. Some excess baggage to remove. Some precious truth to pick up. Or perhaps just a private meeting with Him somewhere off the beaten path. It is why Abraham didn’t always take the simplest route, why Moses had to go to the backside of the desert, why the children of Israel went in circles for forty years, why David had to run to a cave, and God’s prophets were often on the move. When God changes our direction He is very often trying to change us.

So stop wondering about God’s choice and worrying about your future. The Lord already has it planned out. You just keep following and stay on the lookout for His messages to you. He is in charge of this trip and we are just along for the ride.

6 Comments

  1. Jeff Manning on January 22, 2020 at 10:12 am

    Thank you Scott, I needed this today, yet I’m still at a loss for understanding. Your prayers for my family would be appreciated.

  2. w.l.graham on January 22, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Gotta love Psalm 37:23! Our job is to be that “good man”!

    When God closes a door…praise Him in the hallway (…or “the inner prison” Acts 16:24-35)!

  3. Chris Wyatt on January 27, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Thank you bro Pauley, this was encouraging. I was the pastor of a church in Canada which God had allowed us to plant in 2002. The Lord was blessing, the church was doing well, then out of nowhere, in March 2018 I had a very severe stroke resulting in my resignation from the pastorate in October 2018. To say that my world was turned upside down is an understatement however as you noted, I have learned much during this time and have had opportunities to testify of power to save and answer prayerthat I would not have had otherwise. It us such a comfort to know that God has a plan & my circumstances didn’t surprise Him at all.

    • Scott Pauley on January 29, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      God bless you my friend. The Lord is not through with you! I am encouraged by your faith. May your most fruitful days be ahead.

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