Im finally back to posting after a few months away, for the next week im going to be progressively writing about my daily mile walk out the wee road in my village, and drawing some parallel’s to my own Christian walk ,with which I hope you can associate with.
A Distant Destination
For those of you that know where I live you will understand just how silly and pointless this sign is, for those that dont know , lets just say I live some considerable miles away from Stornoway. Putting this sign in my village is like sticking a sign in Dover ,then pointing it roughly north and writing “Shetland” on it. Well not as bad as that but you get the general idea, my village is a long way away from the destination written on the sign.
There are 3 main reasons that this sign doesn’t appear to be all that helpful :
- It seems to be only vaguely pointing in the direction of the final destination.
- It does not tell you how far you have to travel to get to the destination.
- It does not tell you what other roads you may have to take to get there
It can sometimes be like this in our Christian lives, we know that God is pointing us in a certain direction but the destination, the distance and how to get there can all appear to be a bit cloudy.
We probably all know the famous verse in Jeremiah 29:11 –
” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
And it is important to fully recognize and apply this verse to our lives , if we love God and know salvation grace then we can fully trust that the God that has saved us will also lead us in a future direction that will glorify him , and as we have it here, a future that is hope filled.
Like the sign the destination is sure but there is still a journey to get there.
Sometimes when God leads us in a certain direction the actual destination is not always that clear to us, we find this clearly shown when God calls Abraham to :
“… Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you…” -Genesis 12 verse
as we can see from the following verses Abraham seemed to be setteled comfortably where he was, he had his family there, and all his many worldly possessions. But here we find God calling Abraham out of this place and tells him to go where he tells him, at this point God does not tell him any specifics or directions , its a testimony of the faith of Abraham that he simply follows God trusting in him.
When God calls us away from a situation that we feel comfortable in we are often not willing to let go of what we have inorder to follow Gods instruction, very often this can result in people and churches pointing in an old direction even when God has given them a new destination.
But even though the destination seemed vauge and unclear , God gave Abraham a promise that he would deliver on if Abraham went in the direction God led him in , we see that in verse 2:
” And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing”
If God is leading us in a new direction that seems to be far off , or unclear then we can be confident that our God will be doing it in order that he is blessed and we can trust that our Father God will also bless us.
Sometimes another problem with being led is not knowing how far away the destination is, its in our nature to grumble and revolt against God when we are put out of our happy little sphere of comfort.
Again we can see this with Abraham ,although he never reached the promised land, it took him and his company around 80 years to reach this place that God had set for them, we know all to well how impatient we really are and how our time and Gods time very often do not coincide. But we can trust our God that if he has led us in a certain way then no matter how many miles we have to travel or how many years pass it will end in a glorious destination. Hudson Taylor,One of the most prolific and godly missionaries put it this way :
” There are three indispensable requirements for a missionary: 1. Patience 2. Patience 3. Patience.”
When we are being led along our journey , we will inevitably encounter crossroads and in my case I will always go the way that I think looks right ,often regardless of the fact that it may not lead me to where I am supposed to be going.
In Acts 16 we find Paul wanting to go a certain direction but it is not part of Gods plan for him :
” When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to”
It would have made sense to Paul to simply cross over the border and keep spreading the word of God in the direction that he was going. But instead we find God denying him this and instead leading him in another direction:
” During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” verse 9
With Paul going to Macedonia we then see the situation with the Jailer and his family being saved, Gods reasons for leading us down one route rather than a more obvious one can seem to be strange , but we know from the verse im Jeremiah 29 Gods purposes will always lead those that love him to a destination that he can use , and a destination that will also bless them.
If God is leading you in any way , do not deny his leading. Gods will wont alter due to our disobedience, Jonah tried to go in a different direction, so did David and did many others in the Bible ,and we still do it today -it only ends in us ending up going down a far more rocky road than the one that God offered us.
Trust in your Father , that he loves you and because of this love he will lead you along a perfect route to a perfect destination.