“As the heavens are
higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts
than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:9
the past 75 years, traffic engineers throughout the
the late 1960s, residents of the Dutch city of
we probably don’t want to try this in the
answers: “Woonerven! My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than
your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). God set up a
woonerven for the Apostle Paul in Acts 16:6, when Paul wanted to go to the city
God’s perfect timing, Paul spent three years in
are three insights you can take from Paul’s “extraordinary” ministry in
Insight #1: God’s
detours are woonervens – LIVING detours. Remember that when you ask God for something,
He has three possible answers: “Yes,” “No” – and “Wait.” In Acts 16,God told
Paul, “Not now. Wait.” The Lord wanted Paul to go to
Insight #2: When you are in the center of God’s will—trusting, loving and obeying Him—He will give You the desires of your heart in His perfect timing. God knows what you need, and He also knows what you desire. So, when your greatest desire is to bring Him glory and honor, you’d better believe He’ll give you the desires of your heart. But it’s going to be in His perfect timing, not yours. And when the timing is right to give you what you’ve desired, it will be so much sweeter than it would have been if He had given it to you when you first asked for it.
Insight #3: God wants to do miracles through you. But you need to be a clean and willing vessel. One of the greatest blessings in the world is to have your body used by God in a significant way. As Christians we have the opportunity to allow God to use our mouths to tell people the Good News about Jesus, lead them to Christ and pray for them. We can allow God to use our legs and feet to take us where ministry calls. We have the opportunity to allow God to use our arms, hands and fingers to help serve in a worship service, volunteer to help others and embrace those who are hurting. And because our God is a holy God, He needs our bodies to be clean: Clean minds, clean mouths, clean hands and a pure heart. So, if you want to be used by God in significant ways, be available and pray for clean hands and a pure heart.
You all know the old expression: “Good things come to those who wait.” That’s especially true in the kingdom of heaven. So, trust, love and obey God as you patiently navigate God’s strategic woonervens in your life. He has some wonderful surprises for you along the way.
Dane Davis is the pastor
of Impact Christian Church in Victorville. Join us at Impact for Sunday
services: in person at 9 a.m., or online at 10 a.m. on YouTube or Facebook
Live. For more information, visit www.GreaterImpact.cc.