Then the LORD said to me, ‘Get up and resume the journey, and lead the people to the land I swore to give to their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.’
~Deuteronomy 10:11, NLT
Jesus was always conscious of the Father’s presence and the most natural thing for Jesus to do was speak to His Father.
Life is a journey and although we know our final destination, we have no idea what will transpire a long the way. Life is a series of new beginnings, each day God’s mercies are new and fresh and we also think of the new year as a chance to begin again. Sometimes we get bogged down and we need a little boost to get started again. I’ve been thinking about 2019, how swiftly it passed and many things occurred that I did not expect or see coming. Reality tells me that 2020 will be the same. The Israelites got stuck in their journey through the wilderness, their stubbornness transformed a 40 day journey into a 40 year journey. The LORD told Moses to get them moving in Deuteronomy 1, He said, “You’ve been on this mountain long enough, it is time to get moving.” Again in chapter 10, the LORD tells them to “Get up and resume the journey.”
Our temptation is to become passive, lazy and lethargic. Traveling can make one weary. We cannot surrender to the weariness of the journey, we must keep moving. I love the inspired words of Johnson Oatman, Jr. in his hymn HIGHER GROUND…I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day; Still praying as I’m onward bound,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground. My heart has no desire to stay where doubts arise and fears dismay; Though some may dwell where those abound, my prayer, my aim, is higher ground.
I’ll paraphrase the rest...I want to live above this sin cursed world, where Satan’s darts cannot be hurled; by faith I hear the joyful sound, the song of saints on higher ground. I want to scale the utmost height and catch a gleam of glory bright; But still I’ll pray till heaven I’ve found, LORD plant my feet on Higher Ground. A word of encouragement: you are not alone in this journey. You are surrounded by a fellowship of believers but the most important thing is that Jesus is with you on this journey: every step of the way. There may be a few bumps in the road, a few sharp curses and steep hills but our destination is sure. By His grace, Jesus will lead us home. We have to have His guidance because we don’t know where heaven is–what we do know is that Jesus is the way. He promised to come back and carry us to heaven.
I understand that Clyde Gillott is very low. Wayne Penn is in CRMC. Had a good visit with Junior Hill yesterday. Junior is not longer able to walk or stand: he has canceled all his speaking engagements. After one day of School; Chloe is ready to quit. She and all the kids have my sympathy.