We are born lost, spiritually lost…in a terrible place…the state of insecurity, inadequacy, isolation, overwhelmed. We long to be in a different place…peace, love, joy, security, intimacy. We need to go on a trip. In today’s scripture reading, God tells us that He goes before us. God’s imagery of going before us clearly lets us know that He desires us to go on a journey…with Him as our guide and leader…He calls us by our name.
For our journey, unfortunately, we make some poor choices regarding some important elements. Our map is random, we use the world’s strategy, our destination is me-centered or material, and we demand to be our own guide. Instead, we need to use the Bible as for our map and strategy, God to be our guide, and the mind of Christ as our destination. Our journey is of our mind, heart and Spirit. The pot of gold at the end of the journey – the fruit of the Spirit!
But, the Christian life is a dangerous pilgrimage to the Promised Land…Satan is always lurking. So, we need the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit…the power and comfort of prayer…and the protection and counter attack of the armor of God.
Today, imagine yourself standing at a crossroad with two paths before you; one is your current path, the other is the journey your Lord is inviting you to take. Take and intentional step on the next stepping stone on God’s path, listen to His guidance, and resist Satan’s deception. Click here to share with the Stepping Stones community your thoughts on “traveling.”
Dear Father God, I thank You for Your gift of going before me. I like to have a map when I travel, to know exactly where I am going…how long it will take me to get there. When I look at the road ahead that You call me to travel with You, all I see is a bend in the road with the road disappearing. Help me, Father, to keep my eyes on You, knowing that You are my map and guide. Help me to encourage others to following You on this journey. I pray in the name of the one who died so I might be free to travel, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children said – AMEN!
I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, Who call you by your name, I am the God of Israel.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.