God of My Journey

God of My Journey

Genesis 47:7-9 “Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob and set him before Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8  Pharaoh said to Jacob, ‘How old are you?’ 9  And Jacob said to Pharaoh, ‘The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.’” 

Psalms 119:54 “Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.” 

Mitchell Dillon recalled, “When I was a boy, I always looked forward to our summer trips from San Francisco to West Texas to spend vacation time with extended family.  My two younger brothers and I would pile into our un-air-conditioned car, anxious to begin the long trek across the Southwest.  At the end of each day’s JOURNEY, the three of us would beeline our way to the hotel pool to re-hydrate—something we really looked forward to after hours of being blasted in the back seat by the hot desert air.  These were great adventures filled with the excitement of seeing new places and the extravagance of eating out (something we never did back home).”

“One year during our JOURNEY, my youngest brother did something completely out of character for his normally compliant nature.  Despite a tight budget and strict instructions to the contrary, James defiantly placed the same order every time we stopped to eat.  “I’ll have what Dad is having,” he would insist.  Apparently, my little brother had noticed that the plate of food placed in front of our father always looked a lot more appealing than the one typically placed in front of him.  That was all it took.  From then on, all he wanted was what our father was having.  At five years of age, my little brother didn’t know much, but he knew that anything Dad ordered would be better than what he knew to order off the Kiddie Menu.” (IllustrationExchange.com)

What a genius that little Jimmy was! Just get the same thing Dad orders. In the journey of life, whenever you are asked, “Where are you going?”, just say, “I’m going where God is going.” Life is a journey, and God is the God of your journey. Say…

GOD OF MY JOURNEY 

  1. At the start of the journey: prayerful acknowledgement

Proverbs 27:1 “Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.” 

 James 4:13-16 “Look here, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.’ 14  How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15  What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.’ 16  Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. 6  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  

Song by Alison Krauss:

I don’t know about tomorrow

I just live from day to day

I don’t borrow from its sunshine

For its skies may turn to gray

I don’t worry about my future

For I know what Jesus said

And today He walks beside me

For He knows what lies ahead

 

Many things about tomorrow

I don’t seem to under, understand

But I, I know, I know, I know who holds tomorrow

And I know who holds, who holds my hand

 

 

  1. During the journey: patient adjustment

 Isaiah 30:21 “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right hand, or whenever you turn to the left.”

In his book Directions, author James Hamilton shares this insight about listening to God:

Before refrigerators, people used icehouses to preserve their food. Icehouses had thick walls, no windows and a tightly fitted door. In winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the icehouses and covered with sawdust. Often the ice would last well into the summer.

One man lost a valuable watch while working in an icehouse. He searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but didn’t find it. His fellow workers also looked, but their efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about the fruitless search slipped into the icehouse during the noon hour and soon emerged with the watch.

Amazed, the men asked him how he found it.

“I closed the door,” the boy replied, “lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking.” (source: IllustrationExchange.com)

 

  1. At the end of the journey: praise-filled enjoyment

 Matthew 2:10-11 “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11  And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”



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