Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Devotion 4.22.15

Journey has become a word we have used to describe our life on earth.  Our journey includes joy, sadness, hardships, love, loss, learning, experiences and other such descriptors for our life as we live it.  How and why do we do what we do during our time here? 

As we go along the continuum of life, we do what we do, and those experiences become our sum total.  So as we are on this journey, how do we use those experiences?  David, in Psalm 124, describes this pilgrimage in life this way, "If the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us, they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us, the flood would have engulfed us, the torrent would have swept over us, the raging waters would have swept us away.  Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth.  We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.  Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (2 - 8) 

David speaks in vivid imagery of Israel and its journey which is parallel with our own.  Yes, good happens, but we seem to constantly be fending off those things that could have torn us apart, including ourselves.  Paul says it this way in Romans 7, "For what I want to do I do not do but what I hate I do.... Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?  Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ!" (15, 24 and 25)

David says, "Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.... May the Lord bless you from Zion." (Psalm 128:1 and 5). Paul says, "Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Christ Jesus!"  Where do we turn along our journey?  To whom do we seek guidance, truth, the right path?  Our journey on earth is temporary, but we are here for a reason and purpose.  To whom do we go to seek that purpose as we are on our journey? 

Pray that we seek God's guidance and will along our path on this journey, this pilgrimage.  Pray that we fulfill our purpose here on earth as men - husbands, fathers, brothers, friends - men of Christ.

Hope Men's Ministry

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