Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.




It’s that season of the year when we are likely to encounter road construction and delays as we travel. The detour signs that I encountered this week made me think of the Lord leading us. Taking the detour was a good thing. Even though it took me a different way – a better way than I had planned.


God’s Word is filled with what you might call “alternate route” stories.  Think for a moment about the people you learn about when you read your Bible.  Everybody from Noah to Abraham, Moses and Joshua, David, Jeremiah, Daniel, Peter, Paul, and a hundred others were guided in new and different directions than they originally intended to travel. If you will read the signs along the road with Jesus, you will also be turning onto an alternate route, a better way.


Why is the Bible a story of the alternate route?  God’s redeeming love, that’s why.  It’s because our lives absolutely must be guided in a new way.  Our natural choices and habitual behaviors lead us over a cliff of consequences.  You won’t want to travel in that natural direction, now that you have received Jesus as your Savior and Lord.


Romans 6:23 puts it in these shocking words, “…the wages (payday or consequence) of sin is death, but the gift from God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  A wage, of course, is what you receive as the payday for work you have done. Death is the payday, the consequence of sin.


God knows all about the alternate route.  He invented it.  Consider Romans 5:8, “…but God shows His love for us, in that while we were still sinners [on our own road, trying to live our life independent of God] Christ died for us.”  Throughout your life as a believer in Jesus, He will work all day to lead you to His alternate route.  In recent prayer times as a church, a number of us have come under conviction from the Holy Spirit that a different route is needed.  I’m so excited by what the Lord is doing among us.


So, watch the signs on your road.  Read the directions He sends you, and gladly take the alternate route.


Along the way with you,


Pastor Rich Marshall