And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
Brothers and sisters, whether you and I are aware of it or not, we are on a Journey. It is not by car, truck or SUV. If it were, everything we need to know about operating and maintaining the vehicle would be found in the owner’s manual. Instead, Our life owner’s manual is the Holy Bible.
When you first try, it may seem hard to find help there. But did you know that it (the Holy Bible) contains every trial, every emotion, and every experience a human can encounter.
Brothers and sisters, whatever you are going through right now. You are not the first or last to feel the way you do. The Biblical journey, from the Garden of Eden in the beginning to the Holy City in the Book of Revelation, is actually our story. You and I start in a state of innocence at birth, which we lose as we test ourselves, like the children of Israel wandering for forty years in the desert (forty representing temptation) and then go all the way to gaining the wisdom of spiritual maturity in the Holy City.
There are many stories in the Bible, all about people and places in literal history, and within that a deeper, spiritual level that reflects our own individual journey. This makes the Bible a relevant guide for us today.
Our journey is our spiritual development; our individual self-discovery of what gives our life meaning; what our purpose is; our use; our ruling love; who we are and how we fit into God’s plan. God created us with freedom to choose. It is our work to learn to make the choices that lead us to a heavenly life. God could have created beings called angels. Instead, he created us with free will so that you and I can fulfill his ultimate plan for us, and can choose to receive glorified bodies and inhabit the heavens someday.
Brothers and sisters the learning process you and I go through as we make our choices and seek answers to our questions is life’s work, and is the journey.
Another part of our journey proceeds automatically; our character is formed as we go through life.
There can be so much more to our spiritual development if you and I choose to take an active part in our spiritual well-being. I believe that this is what we are instructed by God to do:
1. You and I need to follow the example of Jesus and “BE ABOUT OUR FATHER’S BUSINESS.” Luke 2:29
2. “SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD.” Matthew 6:33
3. “THOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GOD BEFORE ME.” Exodus 20:3.
Brothers and sisters, my main point is that you and I need to get our priorities straight. You and I know this. It’s nothing new. You and I need to journey from Eden to the Holy City. The journey is our life’s work. If God is asking us to “seek first the kingdom of God,” what reason can we come up with not to obey? He’s telling us that he is priority number one. When all is said and done and everything else is stripped away, there really isn’t anything else, no priority two or three. God is all there is:
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the End, the First and the Last.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not really have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Courtesy of Edward Jeffries