“Delight in Detours” 1.22.17 – Pastor Bruce Lerum

Acts 16:6-15; Matthew 2:13-15

Doors close in front of us… and a detour is revealed.

Acts 16:6 “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.”

Look forward to new opportunities as doors open, rather than dwell on ones that have closed.

Acts 16:9 “During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”

Detours often lead to unforeseen, even unimaginable, destinations.

Acts 16:14 “One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.”

Study Questions:

1. Paul was a well-traveled man and was familiar with many of the areas in which he traveled. What do think it would have been like to just “know” that you should not enter a certain area?

2. How would he know that it was the Holy Spirit keeping him from “preaching the word in the province of Asia?”

3. Paul and his companions knew they were in the right place when they went to Macedonia. How does God direct/lead his people today? Can you think of a personal experience?

4. When we are sure we should do something and we believe it is “of God,” how receptive are we to a change of “our plans?”

5. The detours of life are many. How do detours shape us in our faith-walk and our ongoing relationship with God? Either positively or negatively.