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Don’t understand why your life has taken a detour? Dr.
Tony Evans has the answers
Article By Angela Parker // Empowering Everyday Women
Posted March 8, 2017
If you feel like your life has taken a detour, a long, roundabout route to destiny, instead of the
straight, quick path you had envisioned, it can be frustrating.

Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship church and author of Detours: The
Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny
, has answers about why God allows this to happen in your

“God never takes us from where we are to where He wants us to be in a straight line,” he said in
an interview with
The Gospel Herald.

“He zig-zags us there. The reason He does that is because development has to occur for us as
well as preparation of our destiny for us,” explained the president of The Urban Alternative.

Evans believes the developmental phase is critical, as it is the time God uses to work on us. This
is so we are ready to handle the responsibilities that come along with carrying out our unique
missions on earth according to God’s will.

Though this construction process feels aggravating and sometimes, counter-productive, the
leader of the 10,000-member church in Dallas, TX says it is so God can also repair the areas
within us that are broken.

"God takes us on detours because something needs to be fixed in our lives or constructed for a
better future so that we can get back on the main highway to our destiny,” said the father of Bible
teacher and
War Room star, Priscilla Shirer.

"God's invisible hand is in the glove of history, walking, working, twisting, turning and bringing
things to His intended goal,” he said.

Our sovereign God is there while we’re navigating this winding road of life, orchestrating things to
work out for our good Evans reminds us. "God is sovereignly in charge of what happens in our
life down to the most personal, intimate details of our existence," he continued. "When you
understand that God is in control of things that appear out of control, then you can maintain
control even when you do not understand what's going on."

Despite the heartache and pain, emotional strain, and sometimes agonizingly slow process, the
pastor assures us all that, if we continue to serve God, things will work out according to His
perfect will. In fact, Evans asserts, the delays and setbacks are all a part of His master plan to
produce a desired outcome.  

“The comfort is to know that if I am, to the best of my knowledge, walking in the will of God, that
when things aren't working out, they are actually working out because God has a purpose in
them not working out,” he explained.

"When you understand that, it can be bring peace and calm to even the most tumultuous of
situations,” Evans said.

Going through a detour and feeling stuck? Let our prayer team intercede for you that God would
give you strength to go through this phase.
Click here to submit a prayer request.
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