“(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” II Corinthians 5:7
I have always enjoyed reading stories about the early settlers who left their homes behind and made the long journey to settle in the west. They had no idea of all the difficulties they faced, and there were many who lost their lives on the journey. In many cases as they looked at the mountains they were approaching, they wondered how they would ever make it across. But somehow most of them found a way. In books at least, when faced with the impossible, they always found a way to conquer. Each day brought a new experience and a new challenge. But they never gave up because they were confident that something better awaited them beyond the mountains.
I thought of the parallel between their journey and our Christian walk.
Are you facing a mountain that seems to be impossible? Do you experience fear and anxiety about something that is in the future? Are you spending time worrying about what could happen?
When you give your fears to God, you will realize that the Lord is with you, that He is looking at that obstacle from a different point of view than you are. He has prepared the path before you. As you get closer to the mountain that looks so high, He will show you the way to go.
Climbing one step at a time, trusting the Lord, He will take you over the mountain. Or, He may show you a path around the mountain that you had not been able to see from the distance. Whether He takes you up, through, or around that obstacle of difficulty, you can have His assurance that He goes before you, preparing the way. All you must do is keep your eyes on Him.
We walk by faith and persevere because we know that what awaits us beyond this life is so much greater than we can imagine and will be well worth whatever struggle we face.
II Corinthians 5:1 “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, that you go before us and prepare the way, and that you will never leave us nor forsake us, as we walk in faith. Thank you for the hope of Heaven.
Devotion by Anne Johnston