TAKING GROUND: Detouring With Clarity

Isaiah 6:1, ESV In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

God reveals land He has for you via the logos Word (Bible), the rhema Word (the Word spoken to you by the Holy Spirit) the inspired Word as you listen to preaching/teaching, words of your leaders speak into your life, prophetic words delivered by others, visions, dreams, and the things in your heart that grow into conviction as you follow Jesus. These are wonderful experience of increasing revelation! Far less wonderful experience are DETOURS!

The DETOUR for Isaiah:

  • he was born a Hebrew in Judah, 700 years before Jesus

  • he was a prophet and his wife a prophetess

  • he prophesied during the spiritual, social and economic decline of Israel in the shadow of the Kings of Assyria.

  • he prophesied during the reigns of the Kings of Judah including Uzziah (Azariah), Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah – Isaiah 1

  • this Isaiah 6 moment came during his ministry during the regin of Uzziah, the first King. King Uzziah (Azariah) , was a king who - he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, 2 Kings 15:3, ESV

  • this Isaiah 6 moment was “ In the year that King Uzziah died.” Any time a king died, there was a radical shift in the nation, God’s dealing with that nation, the kinds dealing with spiritual leaders.

  • this was a moment where a detour appeared. It was unexpected moment of great change with an unsure outcome.

WHO/WHAT CAUSES DETOURS? as detours appear on our landscape, very often we become fixated on who or what created the detour. Detours can be:

  • God’s course correction in our lives

  • results of our poor choices

  • byproduct of our personal sin

  • the general curse of “this world”

  • consequence of another’s poor choices

  • effort of an enemy

  • attack of the god of this world

Regardless of cause or creator, a detour needs to be navigated with clarity. In order to move forward and continue taking the ground He has for you, it’s critical that you do so with your eyes wide open!

DETOURING WITH CLARITY

1. See The LORD

  • detours are messy and we get fixated looking at them. It’s critical to get up higher and see The LORD!

  • Isaiah did: Isaiah 6:1–5, ESV In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke.

  • maintaining a proper view of God as you navigate a detour can be the difference between debilitating distraction and destiny.

  • acquiring a fresh view of Him is critical in detours!

  • detours are unexpected, but He is unchanged by the detour as well as his good purposes for you!

  • You may not know what a day holds, but you know WHO holds your day!

2. See Beyond The Detour

  • Isaiah 6:5–7, ESV And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”

  • see Him! don’t look back, don’t fix your eyes on the here! fix your eyes on Him!

  • Hebrews 12:2, ESV looking to (fix your eyes on) Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

  • look at HIM as you take steps forward: we end up where we are constantly looking!

  • regardless of who/what caused the detour, he holds your day

  • Romans 8:28, ESV And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

  • Joseph: Genesis 50:19–20, ESV But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

3. See The Chance To Learn & Grow

  • detours gives sight to new things and require new driving skills

  • you can spend your time being irritated and resist or you ask, “LORD, what can I learn in this season?

  • Romans 5:3–5, ESV Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

  • growth doesn’t happen in a La-Z-Boy, it happens in the uncomfortable places where you’ve never been before.

4. See New Opportunities

  • too often we look back and see what was lost, but we need to look forward to see what is to be gained!

  • Isaiah 43:18–20, ESV “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people,

  • this route has unexpected opportunities

  • when God creates detours, it’s usually for our growth, and our growth leads to greater fruitfulness

5. See New Relationships

  • Ruth/Boaz: Ruth 2:2–4, ESV And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech. And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.”

6. See It Through

  • it’s critical to persevere through the detour! Jesus did: John 1:5, ESV The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

  • John 16:33, ESV I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

  • 1 John 5:4–5, ESV For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

  • Isaiah 6:8–9, ESV And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go…’

CLOSING:

  • if you don’t follow Jesus, you are experiencing constant detours to capture your attention. You’re actually stuck in that detour! Say yes to Jesus and get going on your journey with Him to possess the great land He has for you

  • if you do follow Jesus, and you are in a detour, make it count! Get everything out of it you can and travel through into the next great season of your journey!