Provisions for the Trip

LifeLink Devotional

Monday, January 21, 2019

Psalms 121:1 – 8 1I lift up my eyes to the hills— where does my help come from? 2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 3He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 6the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 7The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

In the quest for wisdom, God has not left us to fend for ourselves. On this journey toward being wise, He has given us three resources that guarantee we will arrive successfully – assuming we use them.

First, He has given us a road map to our destination. The map is called the Bible. This map is a detailed description of every step we must take on our journey. It displays all the routes we must travel and gives us some incredible scenic rest stops along the way. It warns us of dangers that exist if we go off-roading. It even provides us with directions to the best spiritual restaurants along the way, so we can keep our strength up.

Psalms 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  Wisdom is the guaranteed destination of the person who studies God’s Word. Psalms 119:98 – 100 tells us, “Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.

Second, God has given us a Personal Tour Guide for the journey. This Guide is completely familiar with the map and can explain any of the symbols found in it so that we are never confused as we follow it. He is also totally familiar with the destination and can keep us interested in reaching it when the trip seems to be getting long and tiresome. Even when we seem to be traveling across a flat desert wasteland and have no hope of reaching the other side, our Guide can give us a beautiful description of what lies ahead so we persevere.

Our Guide is promised to us by Jesus Christ in John 14; And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth… the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Do not fear the journey to wisdom – God has given us a Personal Tour Guide – the Holy Spirit.

Third, God has given us traveling companions for the journey. Friends who are also making the journey can occupy every seat in our vehicle. They are there to encourage us. They can share the driving responsibilities. Sometimes, like all good back seat drivers, they make sure we are going the right way. They have permission to ask lots of questions and hold us accountable for the decisions we make. They share expenses along the way. They pray for us. They are God’s gift to us so that the journey is not lonely. With them along, we do not get discouraged and pull of the road to consider ending our trip.

It is already evident that you have wisdom because you have invited these friends to join you on your journey. Proverbs 13:20 says, He who walks with the wise grows wise. You are also wise because you have chosen to listen to their advice. Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise (Prov. 19:20).

Three resources given us by God to guarantee our arrival at the destination of wisdom – a Map, a Guide, and traveling companions. Happy trails!

Pastor John

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