The Mines of King Solomon (part 16)

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 journey with different times and life experiences that have a beginning and an end. The bible here speaks of a change. Noah and Enoch walked with God (1, Moses 5,22-24, 6,9). When Abraham was 99 years old, God said he should walk before him (1, Moses 17,1). Many years later, on their way out of Egyptian slavery, the Israelites went into the Promised Land.

In the New Testament, Paul admonishes Christians to live worthily in the vocation to which they are called (Eph 4,1). Jesus said he himself is the way and invites us to follow him. The early believers called themselves the followers of the new way (Act 9,2). It is interesting that most of the travels described in the Bible have to do with walking with God. Therefore: walk in step with God and walk with him through your life.

The Bible attaches great importance to being on the go. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to us that a well-known saying is dedicated to this theme: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your mind, but remember Him in all your ways, so He will guide you rightly. "(Spr 3,5-6)

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart," Solomon writes in verse 5 "and do not rely on your mind" and "in all your ways" remember him. Paths means traveling here. We all have our personal travels, these are travels on this great life journey. Travel that intersects with other people's travel. Travel involves changing relationships and times of illness and health. Start traveling 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 that: "remember." The Hebrew word jada means know or know. It is a word of great importance and involves getting to know someone through observation, reflection and experience. The opposite would be to get to know someone through a third person. It's the difference between the relationship a student has to the stuff he's studying - and the relationship between spouses. This knowledge about God is not found primarily in our heads, but above all in our hearts.

So Solomon says that you get to know God (jada) when you go with him on the path of life. This goal is always there and it is about getting to know Jesus on this journey and commemorating God in all ways. On all planned and unplanned journeys, on trips that turn out to be a dead end because you have taken the wrong direction. Jesus wants to accompany you on the daily journeys of normal life and be a friend to you.

How do we get such knowledge from God? Why do not you learn about Jesus and seek a quiet place, away from the thoughts and things of the day when you spend time with God day after day, why not turn off the TV or cell phone for half an hour? Take time to be alone with God, to listen to him, to rest, to reflect and to pray to him (Ps 37,7). I encourage you to make Eph3,19 your personal life's prayer. Paul prays for it: "to know the love of God, which surpasses all knowledge, so that we may be filled with the fullness of God.

"Solomon says that God will lead us. This does not mean, however, that the path we walk with God becomes easier, without pain, suffering and insecurity. Even in difficult times, God will nourish, encourage and bless you through his presence and power.

Shortly before my granddaughter called me Grandpa for the first time. I joked 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 is the time left? "Life goes by in a flash. 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

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