Shortly ago, I visited my parents' house and my school. Memories came back and I longed for the good old days. But these days are over. The kindergarten started and stopped again. Graduating meant saying goodbye and welcoming new life experiences. Some of these experiences were exciting, others rather painful and even scary. But whether good or bad, short or long, I have learned one thing: to stay on the path, because the changes involved are a natural part of our lives.
The concept of travel is also central in the Bible. The Bible describes life as a path with different times and life experiences that have a beginning and an end. The Bible speaks of a change here. Noah and Enoch walked with God (Genesis 1: 5,22-24; 6,9: 99). When Abraham was years old, God said that he should walk before him (Genesis 1:17,1). Many years later, the Israelites walked from Egyptian slavery to the promised land.
In the New Testament, Paul exhorts Christians to live with dignity in the calling to which they are called (Ephesians 4,1). Jesus said that he himself is the way and invites us to follow him. The early believers called themselves the followers of the new path (Acts 9,2). It is interesting that most of the trips described in the Bible have to do with walking with God. Therefore: go in step with God and walk with him through your life.
The Bible attaches great importance to being on the go. It should therefore come as no surprise to us that a well-known saying is devoted to this topic: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your mind, but remember him in all your ways, he will guide you correctly. » (Proverbs 3,5: 6)
"Rely on the Lord with all your heart," Solomon wrote in verse 5, "and do not rely on your mind" and "in all your ways" remember him. Ways here means traveling. We all have our own personal trips, these are trips on this great journey of life. Trips that cross with other people's trips. Travel involves changing relationships and times of illness and health. Travel begins and travel ends.
In the bible we hear of many personal travels of people, such as Moses, Joseph, and David. The apostle Paul was on his way to Damascus when confronted with the resurrected Jesus. Within a few moments, the direction of his life's journey has changed dramatically - in more ways than one. That's the way some travel. We do not plan it. Yesterday there was still one direction and today everything has changed. Paul began his journey as a vehement opponent of the Christian faith full of bitterness and hate and a will to destroy Christendom. He ended his journey not only as a Christian, but as the man who spread the good news of Christ in the world on many different and challenging journeys. What about your trip? Where are you heading?
The heart and not the head
In the sixth verse we find an answer to this: "remember." The Hebrew word jada means to know or to know. It is a word of great importance and includes getting to know someone through observation, reflection and experience. The opposite would be to get to know someone through a third party. It is the difference between the student's relationship to the subject he is studying - and the relationship between spouses. This knowledge about God is not found primarily in our head, but above all in our heart.
So Solomon says that you get to know God (jada) if you walk your life path with him. This goal is always during and it is about getting to know Jesus on this journey and remembering God in all ways. On all planned and unplanned trips, on trips that turn out to be a dead end because you have taken the wrong direction. Jesus would like to accompany you on the everyday journeys of normal life and be a friend to you.
How do we get such knowledge from God? Why don't you learn from Jesus and find a quiet place away from the thoughts and things of the day you spend a day before God before the day? Why don't you turn off the TV or the cell phone for half an hour? Take time to be alone with God, to listen to him, to rest in him, to reflect and to pray to him (Psalm 37,7). I would like to encourage you to make Eph 3,19 your personal life prayer. Paul prays for this: «To recognize the love of God, which surpasses all knowledge, so that we can be filled with all the fullness of God.
“Solomon says that God will guide us. However, this does not mean that the path we take with God will be an easy one, without pain, suffering and insecurity. Even in difficult times, God will nourish, encourage and bless you through His presence and strength.
Recently my granddaughter called me Grandpa for the first time. I jokingly said to my son, “It was only last month when I was a teenager. Last week I was a father and now I'm a grandfather - where's the time left? » Life flies by. But every part of life is a journey and whatever happens in your life, it is your journey. Knowing God on this journey is your goal.
by Gordon Green