Friday, January 24, 2014
Do You Know Your Heritage?
Driving into town I noticed one of those Heritage Trail signs. They document land and water routes along the Arkansas Trail of Tears, The Butterfield Overland Trail mail route pre-dating the Pony Express, the Southwest Trail in Arkansas and Arkansas Civil War actions. The history of our entire state can be visited through traveling these designated trails from the Mississippi River to the Western Frontier and from the cotton farms in the south to the mountainous regions in the north.
Christians live life on a heritage trail as well. We don’t have to blaze new frontiers because our forefathers of the faith have gone before us. We don’t have to face anything new for the past sojourners have already given us the Word for all the things we may meet along the way.
You and I may see a trail of fear, rejection, concern, humiliation, and other obstacles such as hurts and anguish. But God has those roads already named. They’re known as Overcomer Highway, Valiant Road, Fearless Thoroughfare, and Jubilant and Rejoicing Way. These treacherous looking trails are just stair steps of the faith. We even have a road map of the faith, The Word of God, to refer to every time we are expected to travel one of those trails.
Oh beloved, what road are you traveling today? Where are you expected to go? What are you reluctant to traverse? Where are your concerns? Faced with the things of this world, you won’t make it one more mile. But looking at the signs God posts along the way, you can be sure that you will make it. Not only will you see sights of the faith you’ve never seen before, you will become what each road is named. It’s high time you left behind the false roads, and scaled the heights with the Spirit of the Lord. God will take you all the way to the end of your designated route and you will be unscathed. Drop the baggage and ride with the Savior! It’s a beautiful route of overcoming faith. Don’t look down for you will only see the valley of sorrow. Don’t look over the cliff of troubles for you will lose your direction. Don’t let fear travel with you for you will miss the sights God has for you.
God loves you and He’s for you and that’s why you can be sure whatever road you travel is a Road of Blessing all the way to Heaven.
Psalm 16:6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.
Psalm 136:21 And gave their land as a heritage, For His lovingkindness is everlasting…
Isaiah 58:14 Then you will take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth; and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.