Reading this week’s passages has essentially taken me on a journey. It’s a journey that all of us are on in varying degrees at different points in our lives and a journey that will continue until the end of our days here on earth.
We start the journey with where we are…the here and now. One of the overarching themes of the book of Deuteronomy is about preparation for a future they will have one day outside the wilderness. It’s physical training for what lies ahead. They were being guided by the law with a few years of experience and God had them where they were so they could be prepared for what was next. All things and all circumstances are divinely aligned for the completion of God’s will on humanity. Where I am today is purposefully woven into the fabric of my future.
The journey then moves to Psalm 85 that pleads for mercy, peace and salvation. It wants more and calls forth a life better than the here and now.
4 Restore us, O God of our salvation,
And cause Your anger toward us to cease.
5 Will You be angry with us forever?
Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
6 Will You not revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?
7 Show us Your mercy, LORD,
And grant us Your salvation.
I find this plea in my own heart often times in a crisis of belief that begs my conscience to ask why. Why am I stuck in this circumstance? Why can’t I move forward and grow? Where is the fire in my gut that is promised in your Word?
The (my) journey then slides eloquently into Isaiah 31. Reading this passage almost feels like the response to the plea sent out in Psalm 85. It provides the method to attain the true pursuit of who God is. It provides the avenue and the tool to live engaged in a life transformed by the pursuit of the God of the universe. Boiled down to its essence…doing anything but looking to the Lord is but folly.
1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help,
And rely on horses,
Who trust in chariots because they are many,
And in horsemen because they are very strong,
But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel,
Nor seek the LORD!
2 Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster,
And will not call back His words,
But will arise against the house of evildoers,
And against the help of those who work iniquity.
3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God;
And their horses are flesh, and not spirit.
When the LORD stretches out His hand,
Both he who helps will fall,
And he who is helped will fall down;
They all will perish together.
When my trust falls to a substitute savior, salvation never comes. But focusing my heart, mind, soul & strength on the true Savior of my life provides the road to Glory.
We then reach the end of this journey as we enter the book of Revelation. We see the culmination of the journey as we look back with Christ at all we’ve been through and all we have become. We reach the finish line and stand face to face with the Savior that was with us all along the journey. We “see” like we had never seen before.
I feel like I’ve been through this journey many times throughout my life in so many different ways. Times when I’ve recognized my current situation, pleaded for help to get out of it, received wisdom to navigate through it and finally arriving on the other side victorious by the grace of God.
This then begs the question…what specific journey am I on right now?