Christian friends from Dumfries and Galloway have shared some thoughts with us:
People are always on the move, always going somewhere, with a destination in mind. We have many devices to help us, a compass, maps, road signs and sat-nav. If the journey is short or well-known we won’t need assistance but throw in a road closure or bad weather and the journey we think we had all sorted, suddenly causes many of us to have a bit of fear, the fear of the unknown.
Ignoring The Signs
Recently our neighbours were having some renovations done to their home and because their postcode is the same as ours we had an assortment of delivery vans, lorries and official looking people driving up our farm lane believing they had arrived at their desired destination. One individual who arrived into our Dumfriesshire farmyard around 7am said he had left Dundee at 4am in order to get where he wanted to be. If only he and the other drivers would have read the sign at the lane end. It was there in broad daylight for them to see, yet they continued.
Our most important journey is life’s journey because the choices we make during it will determine where we exist after it ends. We had no input into where or when our life started, yet we have been given a ‘free will’ to make choices, for which we are all held ultimately accountable. The first few chapters of the Bible are an illustration of this. God placed Adam in Eden, where there was only life and growth all around him, everything in the garden was for his good and it was pleasant to him. The direct communication that Adam had with his Creator, God was to aid Adam, to give him direction along life’s journey, including telling Adam things he should not do, because of their consequences. Adam’s life became so different when he decided to disobey God’s direction. Adam then experienced fear, shame, sorrow, toil, sweat and eventually death. Sin had entered Eden through disobedience and therefore Adam knew separation from his Creator as he was driven out of that garden.
Today, we need help not only to navigate through this life but to prepare for the end of it, being careful that what we are depending on is going to take us to where we want to go when time is over. We only have one shot at it so it’s important that we follow the right advice and direction. God has given us the Bible to tell us how we can come to know him. The Bible tells us that God sent his own Son, from heaven to be the Saviour of the world. Jesus Christ has suffered, bled and died in order that God can offer us forgiveness of sins, if we approach him with repentance and trust in His beloved Son to be our Lord and Saviour. Only by trusting in Him will you know peace with God and heaven as your home when life is over.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3 v 16)