ODB: Divine Diversions

February 9, 2013

READ: Matthew 1:18-25 

And he called His name Jesus. —Matthew 1:25

I tend to get stuck in my ways, so anything that diverts me from my routines and plans can be very annoying. Worse yet, life’s diversions are sometimes unsettling and painful. But God, who said, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways” (Isa. 55:8), knows that He often needs to divert us in order to make more of our lives than we would have if we had stuck to our original plans.

Think of Joseph. God diverted him to Egypt to prepare him to rescue God’s chosen people from starvation. Or of Moses, who was diverted from the luxurious lifestyle of Pharaoh’s house to meet God in the wilderness in preparation to lead God’s people toward the Promised Land. Or of Joseph and Mary to whom the angel announced the most significant diversion of all. Mary would be with child, and this child would be called “Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). Joseph believed in the bigger purpose that God had for him, surrendered to the diversion, and obediently “called His name Jesus” (v.25). The rest is wonderful history!

We can trust God’s greater plans as He does His far better work in the history of our lives.

— Joe Stowell

Lord, teach us to be willing to adjust our plans to
conform to Yours. You have greater things in store for
us than we could ever dream, so help us to patiently
wait for You to work in the circumstances of our lives.

Let God direct—or redirect—your steps.

Source: Our Daily Bread

5 replies
  1. Albert Michael
    Albert Michael says:

    Mine is a question pls.
    How do we detect diversions made by God and those that occur as a result of our mistakes?

    • Weng Ern
      Weng Ern says:

      there’s no difference in both situations. God uses our mistakes as part of His plan. So our mistakes he allows us to make them, and it’s part of His diversion. Nothing can happen out of His Will or plan 🙂 hope tis helps 🙂

  2. lindagrace
    lindagrace says:

    To add on Weng’s comment..All things work together for good to those who love the Lord.despite our mistakes..For He gives beauty for ashes..Once we surrender to God and repent of our wicked ways..His way will rule..look at the story of Samson..during the end of his life he killed more Philistines in one day than he did in his life time.

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