Saturday, September 21, 2013

Wherever You Go - Pack God's Word

We’re traveling this weekend. We’ve traveled a lot over the nearly 40 years of marriage. Some trips were overnighters, some were just day trips. In more recent years we’ve taken a couple of long trips.  No matter where we go or what we are doing, I am bound to leave something important at home.  This time it was a simple bottle of shampoo, easily rectified by visiting yet another of those “discount centers” we all know and love. 

Life itself is a lot like travel. You go places. You see sights. You live dreams. You meet folks. You experience high mountains, you travel through desert valleys. There are dangers along the way. There are surprises and wonders as well.

Most trips are of great value and have lasting wonderful memories. The trip into marriage I especially like! Then there’s parenthood (yes it has ups and downs, but it’s good).  Milestones are met with joy. Surprises turn out to be blessings. 

Some travels are nothing you’d ever ask for on your own. There’s the travel through sickness, loss, bewilderment, rejection, pain, fear. Those kinds of trips you never plan for and you never want to take again.

But with every road we travel, each of us can, if we prepare, take the important things with us. We do not have to leave anything we need behind.  For the traveler who is in Christ, it’s all provided for, even before we need it. The Lord Himself is our Trip Planner and our Travel Advisor. He will tell us which road to take, where to turn around and how to get to our destination.

But He’s more wonderful than that. He provides the essentials in the trip itself. We have been given a full supply of strength for the journey, hope for the road, joy for transportation.  He lavishes us with love and peace, so that when the going gets tough, we can remain calm and keep our eyes on the road ahead.

Are you traveling today? Are you going down a well known road or are you traveling unfamiliar territory? Maybe you picked wrong or someone sent you the wrong direction. Either way, God is providing the way for you. He’s given you fresh light for the dark road, sure signs for the unknown road and promises to give you the desire to go on when all looks wrong.

Oh beloved! God has provided everything for you! He’s made declarations in His Word that you can repeat so that you don’t lose heart.  The enemy may have thrown his own plans right in your face to distort the windshield of your heart, but God is providing clear insight for living as you drive through the mistaken information into His Truth.  You will be able to pull out your travel bag of the Word and see that God says 

He loves you and He has wonderful plans for you and He’s carrying you beyond the trip at hand.  His destination for you is success and victory. Nothing else will do.
Refer often to His Book of Love, your roadmap for the trip, for the essentials to take with you and for your refreshment. He’ll always be with you to guide you because He loves you and He’s for you and that’s all that really matters.

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

2 Peter 1:3 By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence.

Psalm 25:5 Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

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