The Journey and Our Help Along the Way

Our help is in the name of the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

(Psalm 124:8)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You have not only made us and You do not only provide for us food and clothing, but You are the One who is always there for us. You are our Helper, our Comforter, our Guide, especially when life’s journey gets rough. Protect us, O God we pray. Keep us, provide for us, and lead us through the storms of life. Be our Peace and Calm — a very present Help in times of need. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Every now and then we find ourselves in a situation that rocks our boat — more or less heavily. Life, which used to be so secure, at least so we thought, becomes fragile. We run toward various places, online and offline; we seek counsel from all sorts of people, believers and unbelievers as well; and we are following many different directions, which may or may not be helpful at all.

Isn’t it sad how we, as Christians, claiming that our God is a great God, usually run to Him as our last resource? How many things have we tried before doing so? Just how many people have we asked, or considered asking, for help before we think of praying to the great I AM?

Matthew Henry, commenting on verses 1-5 of Psalm 124, writes:

1 “God was on our side; he took our part, espoused our cause, and appeared for us. He was our helper, and a very present help, a help on our side, nigh at hand. He was with us, not only for us, but among us, and commander-in-chief of our forces.”
2 That God was Jehovah; there the emphasis lies. “If it had not been Jehovah himself, a God of infinite power and perfection, that had undertaken our deliverance, our enemies would have overpowered us.” Happy the people, therefore, whose God is Jehovah, a God all-sufficient. Let Israel say this, to his honour, and resolve never to forsake him.

Israel had just been saved from Egypt, but how many times, while in the wilderness, did the people doubt that God would care and provide for them?

How many times, after our salvation and while going through a lean time on our journey, do we doubt that God would care and provide for us?

Precious one, if your life’s journey is pointing toward the wilderness today, do not despair! Take your Bible and read of God’s mighty acts. Remember what He has done. Start at the very beginning, reminding yourself that it is He who has made the heaven and the earth and everything in it — including you, dear one. Look back to remind yourself how He has worked in your life before; then, looking ahead, remind yourself that you are a child of the God who is able to perform — including that miracle that you might so desperately need this day.

Know that your help is of the LORD today.

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The Journey Begins

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

(Colossians 1:16)

LORD Jesus we praise You for You have created all things and You are the One who knows all things. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we forget that the One who has made us all is also the One who knows us and all of our circumstances. Help us to seek Your Will for our life. Enable us to trust that You work out all things together for good — everything according to Your perfect Plan. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

In last week’s post “The Journey and Its Destination” I gave you a little introduction to the posts of this coming week: The Journey.

For the Christian, “Destination Heaven” remains the main goal, no doubt about that. The journey, however, is by far not unimportant. In fact, it is much more important than most of us are thinking that it is — Or at least it should be.

While focusing on the journey, of course we need to keep one thing in mind: reaching “Destination Heaven” is all due to Christ the LORD, for He alone is our Righteousness. He alone has purchased our “Ticket” to heaven. So, at the beginning of the journey, let’s draw our attention to the next few verses found in Colossians 1

And He is before all things,
and in Him all things consist.

And He is the head of the body, the church,
who is the beginning,
the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things He may have the preeminence.

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,

and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself,
by Him,
whether things on earth or things in heaven,
having made peace through the blood of his cross.

(Colossians 1:17-20)

Keep your focus on Christ who is your Righteousness today.

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The Journey and Its Destination

It is better to trust in the LORD
than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the LORD
than to put confidence in princes.

(Psalm 118:8-9)

LORD Jesus we praise You, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Provider, and our Healer. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we lose sight of what is really important while we are in this world. Guide us on this journey. Keep us on the right path, and lead us safely into the Promised Land. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

On the first of September of this year we found out that we would have to let go of a lovely place that we had called “our home” for the last 6 1/2 years. (2021-09-01 Know that God Rules) The search to find a new home began. And what a journey it had been! There were so many ups and downs along the way: a time of great hope that we would get the right house, and then times of uncertainty, and again times of assurance that all will be well — God was in control all of the time. Hallelujah!

The House Hunt is Over Now

Two weeks ago we received the keys for our lovely maisonette; and last Monday we have locked the door of our old house for the very last time. A new chapter of life’s journey has begun — which reminds me of the name of the house we are living in now.

The name of the house is the same as that of a small Greek island also mentioned in one of Homer’s works; the owner, however, has mentioned that he has named it after a poem written by an Egyptian poet — a writer who stresses that the journey is more important than the destination.

I will write more on that — the journey, and also the destination —next week.

Stay on the narrow and good way, and keep focus on Heaven today.

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