June 22, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
Romans 8:28 "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him."
Have you ever faced a detour? Recently, on a family vacation, we were forced off an interstate highway to avoid the scene of a terrible accident. In our lack of understanding and patience, we became frustrated. Yet the ensuing beauty of the rich farmlands, the abundant wildlife, and the people we encountered along the way made the detour a joy and blessing.
People face detours as unexpected events occur in their lives. Things don't go according to their plans. People get sick, jobs are lost, picnics are rained on, and friendships dissolve. Even thought we don't always understand why these "detours" occur in our lives, we do know that God promises to be with us. He promises that in all things, in His time and in His way, He will make them turn out for our good.
Just as God turned the evil of the cross of Jesus into Easter victory, so He can take our detours and cause them to become blessings for us. We are assured in His Word that nothing or no one will ever be able to separate us from His love in Jesus. Even as we face detours, He is there to make them turn out for our good.
PRAYER: Dear Father, in life's detours help us to rely on Your guidance and presence. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)