Certainty in the everyday moments of the journey

Do you ever wish that you could have certainty?

Pretty easy question, isn’t it?  Of course, we wish that we could be more certain of this life and where our next steps will take us.  There are so many variables, though.  There are so many things that could change in an instant, so how could we ever be sure of anything?  The apostle Paul and Luke have some special words for us…

“I became a minister (to Christ’s body, the church) according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.”  Colossians 1:25-26, ESV

“It seemed good to me…to write an orderly account for you…that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.”  Luke 1:3-4, paraphrased ESV

As I think about all of the times in my life when I have begged God to tell me why things are happening the way that they are or what the future will hold, I now imagine a certain scene…

A father and daughter are walking walking down a trail to a surprise destination.  The little girl asks, “Where are we going, Daddy?” and he replies with patience, “You’ll see when we get there.  I promise you though, you are going to love it…”  They continue walking, but the little girl is so excited, anxious, and even a little nervous.  After all, she’s starting to imagine what the surprise is.  What if it doesn’t meet her expectations?  Her doubts could even lead her to questioning her dad and whether or not he has the best in store for her.  But then again, what if the surprise is even better than she could even imagine?  Trying her best to figure it out, she continues daydreaming of what it could be, not even paying attention to the scenery around her.  She’s even so busy questioning that she neglects the precious moments that she has right then and there, walking hand-in-hand with her daddy…

There are many details of our lives that we do not know; however, there is one thing of which we can be certain:  God and His goodness.  He has given us His Word to teach us His truths.  He even shows His indescribable love and mercy for His children through sending His son to die on the cross for our sins.   What greater act must we see to be able to put our full trust in God?

Today as you go through this day, pray that God would secure you in the certainty of His promises, in the certainty of His Word.  No, we may not know the exact details and destination of our journey, but God does.  If we’re walking hand-in-hand with Him, what do we have to be anxious about?  After all, maybe it’s not  just about “getting there.”  Maybe it’s all about living closely in His presence, even here and now in the everyday moments of the journey…

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He is the Way

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Whenever you picture God’s “star student,” who do you picture?  Sometimes, I think that in order to be the best disciple I can be, I have to be some well-known theologian/evangelist like Billy Graham or a saint like Mother Teresa.  Comparing my ordinary, everyday life to the greatness of their lives, I find myself doubting myself and–essentially–doubting God’s plan for me.

Peter was struggling with this very same struggle.  While comparing himself to John–“the disciple whom Jesus loved”–Peter asked Jesus, “What about your plan for John?  What about your plan for me?  How do I compare to him?”  But Jesus basically stops Peter right there in his train of thought and says,

“If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?  You follow me!” (John 21:21-22, paraphrased).

In other words, Jesus told Peter that it didn’t matter what God had planned for John.  All that mattered was that God had a specific plan for Peter just as He had a plan for John.

Here’s the encouragement that I want to share with you today.  The “Christian journey” is not about what we accomplish along the way.  It’s not even about ourselves at all.  Living as a follower of Christ and walking with Him is all about being faithful to Him and trusting His plan for us.   “He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one goes to the Father except through Him” (John 14:6-7).

Next time you find yourself comparing your life to someone else’s, stop yourself right there and hear Jesus telling you exactly what he told Peter: Why are you comparing yourself to him or her?  Don’t you trust that My Father has a perfect plan for you?  I am the Way.  Stay faithful to Me, and I will take you there.”

God has a perfect plan for you and for me.

So remain faithful!

…He is the Way…