Go Where?

“Oh yeah, that’s easy. Just turn left out of the parking deck, go down to 24th Street and turn right. Now follow that road all the way down until eventually you will see Montevallo Road. Once you get there you’ve got it…….” Well that seemed great until about 3 hours later when I ended up in a town called Shannon, Alabama. I still have no idea where I was, or how I got there, or more importantly how I got back. But I did somehow. It’s amazing how one small change in the directions can make a huge difference in where you end up.  Months later I found out that no one mentioned to take another left at the first street out of the parking deck.

If you have never been lost somewhere you’re not familiar with, just wait, it’s coming. But we can be so thankful that God has not given us “bad directions” in order to make it to Heaven. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). I couldn’t imagine how Joshua felt, after Moses had spent forty years leading the children of Israel. And then all of the sudden it is now time for Joshua to lead them into the Promised Land. Could you picture how Joshua felt taking on such a huge responsibility? But have you ever noticed the things that God spoke to Joshua?

I will not leave you, nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses, My servant commanded you; do not turn to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This book shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and have good success.“ (Joshua 1:6-9)

For us to be successful in life and in making it to Heaven we should remember the words that God spoke to Joshua. That we should do ALL that God has commanded for us to do. Although there are times that it will be difficult, and may be unpopular, God has given us “all things” we need in order to live a life to be pleasing to God (1 Peter 1:3). God warned Joshua that he should not turn to the ‘right or the left’, that Joshua should remember to do things in accordance with the way that God has commanded. And lastly God advised Joshua that he should study. And not only study but “meditate” on God’s word night and day, and observe to do “all that is written in it”.

Thankfully, I found my way home after being lost in a strange town. Peter references this earth as a “strange town” to us by referring us as “sojourners and pilgrims” (1 Pet 2:11). Let us remember that God has not left us without the proper instructions to get to our eternal home!

 

Ande Z

 

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