July 2, 2017 • Jason Smith
Title: "INCONVENIENT DETOURS" Inconvenience: something that causes trouble, difficulties, or discomfort, they are awkward, inopportune, untimely, and unfortunate. "What we see as an inconvenience, God sees as an opportunity" Detours: Long, or roundabout routes taken to avoid something or to visit along the way. "Detours may take more time than planned and may take more planning than we have time, but God uses them for our good and for His glory" "Sometimes God has to allow inconvenient detours so that we can see more clearly the path He has already laid out before us." Exodus 14:5-14 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about the people and said: “What have we done? We have released Israel from serving us.” 6 So he got his chariot ready and took his troops[a] with him; 7 he took 600 of the best chariots and all the rest of the chariots of Egypt, with officers in each one. 8 The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the Israelites, who were going out triumphantly.[b] 9 The Egyptians—all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, his horsemen,[c] and his army—chased after them and caught up with them as they camped by the sea beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. 10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians coming after them. Then the Israelites were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help. 11 They said to Moses: “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you took us to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Isn’t this what we told you in Egypt: Leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” 13 But Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation He will provide for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet.” v. 21-22 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The Lord drove the sea back with a powerful east wind all that night and turned the sea into dry land. So the waters were divided, 22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with the waters like a wall to them on their right and their left. POINT #1: Don't allow the DETOURS to INTIMIDATE v. 10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and saw the Egyptians coming after them. Then the Israelites were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help. "The enemy always works from behind. He doesn't have the power to go before you." "God determines your steps, He maps out your path, and I can assure you that He doesn't share the directions with Satan." POINT #2: STOP dwelling on the Detours v. 11-12 They said to Moses: “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you took us to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Isn’t this what we told you in Egypt: Leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” "They would have rather died serving as slaves, than to follow the detour to their freedom" Genesis 45:5 And now don’t be worried or angry with yourselves for selling me here, because God sent me ahead of you to preserve life. "Inconvenient detours create a clear path into our destiny" "Stop dwelling on the detours as a derailment, but look at them as God's way of redirecting you for something better than you could have ever imagined." Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or imagine-according to the power that works in you... POINT #3: The Detour could TURN out to be your SALVATION "What you presume to be as an "inconvenient detour", God assures you that He is redirecting: -Your WORRY and turning them into WORSHIP -Your TRIALS and turning them into TRIUMPHS -Your PROBLEMS and turning them into PEACE -Your DISCOURAGEMENT and turning them into DETERMINATION -Your POUTING and turning them into PRAISE "God is still in the business of parting your RED SEA" "God's detour is directing you to your Promise Land" "It’s time that you take the detour and start walking on dry ground" Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Psalm 37:5 "Surrender your way to the Lord; and He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn." Proverbs 16:3 "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans."