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The Shortest Distance Between Two Points is a Zig Zag

Early in geometry we learned that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. That means if I'm at point A and want to get to point B, the shortest distance between those two points is a straight line. Now that may be true in geometry, but when you and I think about what God is doing with our lives, we sometimes wonder if he doesn't think the shortest distance between two points is a zigzag. In other words, we start at point A and sense that God is taking us up to point B. That's the destiny. That's God's will for our lives. That's what the Spirit of God has affirmed in our hearts. That's the dream. That's the vision. Now as far as we're concerned, the shortest distance between where we are and where we believe God is taking us is a straight line. But if God is the one taking us there, he often works as if the shortest distance were a zigzag.

For example, maybe you just started work at a certain company. You have a certain position that you've begun. And as you think about your future with that company, you imagine what God may do. Somehow you sense that God may take you to that corner office on the second floor with windows and a gold plate with your name on the door. Somehow you sense, "that's what I'm going to end up doing with this company someday."

Now, the shortest distance between point A and point B is a straight line. That would mean you get assigned to something central to what the company does, and you do well. Then, you're put in charge of a certain task group that works on another project, and you come in under budget and on time. This brings you to the attention of the decision makers within the company. They tag you as an up-and-comer on the fast track, and they start moving you around to different ...

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Donald R. Sunukjian is professor of homiletics and chair of the Christian Ministry and Leadership Department at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.

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Sermon Outline:


For God, the shortest distance between two points is often a zigzag instead of a straight-line.

I. God deliberately leads us on a zigzag path.

II. God encourages us along the zigzag path.


God may lead you on a zigzag path in order to get you safely from point A to point B, but he will never harm you.