To detour is to change direction to get to the same destination, or to get off the main road. In life, God’s road is the main road, and when we take any other road, we get into trouble. I’ve rarely seen a simple detour. They are normally crooked and confusing. God had such special plans for the Israelites, yet in their emptiness and dissatisfaction, they went their own crooked way to look for something better, more fulfilling than God Himself. Unless He revealed Himself to them through major miracles, they had difficulty keeping focused on Him, difficulty believing He was really there and cared. We aren’t much different from those grumbling, detouring Israelites are we? As soon as the going gets tough or we simply don’t “see” God answering our prayers the way we want, we lose faith. It’s then that we tend to say, “I’m not hearing from God; I’ll just do it myself.” We detour. Our way suddenly seems like the better way. But God knows what’s best for us, and He beckons us to follow Him closely. He even provided His son Jesus as the Way. Follow Him to stay on the right road.
Read: Exodus 20:4-6; Deuteronomy 28:9; John 14:6; Romans 1:20-25