Paul had received an apostolic commission to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. In keeping with his mandate, he targeted key cities in the Roman Empire to visit. Yet, the New Testament narrative informs us that he was not able to fulfill his objective at this particular time because God saw fit to stop him! “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to” (Acts 16:6-7, NIV).
Like the apostle, perhaps you have experienced something similar. You were heading down a certain roadway while attempting to do the will of the Lord and you ended up “hitting a wall” and you were stopped in your tracks. From that point on, no matter how hard you worked, you were incapable of making significant progress. Initiatives and projects that were originally inspired by a lofty vision and deep passion ended up languishing, some of them even terminating.
When stuck at an impasse, it is a natural tendency to return to familiar surroundings. We see this in the lives of the disciples after Jesus’ death. They went back to fishing even though they had clearly been mandated to forsake their vocation and follow Christ (See Luke 5:10-11; John 21:3). Because they were commercial fishermen, there may even have been economic motives behind their actions. Nevertheless, we see clearly that there was no lasting provision and no permanent peace in returning to past environments.
When God leads out of a place of familiarity and the way forward is blocked, what is the solution?
A powerful key to such breakthrough is being absolutely convinced that your Heavenly Father knows what is best for you. “The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you’” (Psalm 32:8, New Living Translation).
Those that wait upon the Lord and lean not on their own understanding will never be disappointed. Your present circumstances may seem like a dead-end to you. Far from it! The truth of the matter is that they are in fact a detour to your destiny.
Father is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.