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The Journey

         God will make a
way, where there seems to be no way.  He works in ways we cannot
see.  He will make a way for me.
  (Don Moen)
        
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now
it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
 Isaiah 43:19 (ESV).
        
Our Lord God has one purpose in mind, the redemption of His Children.  “You have led in your steadfast love the
people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them by your
strength to your holy abode.
” Exodus 15:13. ESV
        
From the moment we are born, trouble seems to find us.  Sickness,
betrayal, scenarios of doubt and fear come unbidden. Is there any peace, any
escape from the sea of troubles coming upon us from every side?  We lose
all hope of seeing sunlight shining on our journey.  We cry with the psalmist, O Lord, why do
you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me?
 
Psalm 88:14.
        
The fear of the unknown drops on us with the force of a tidal wave. I John
4:17-18 brings understanding. And as we
live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day
of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus
here in this world. Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear.
 
        
On a warm summer June evening, Mother and I sat beside Dad in the hospital
after another he had a heart attack.  Mother prepared to leave. I asked
her how she could leave.  She quoted Psalm 4:8. In peace, I will lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, will
keep me safe. 
        
God’s Word became very personal.  Each time I experience the fear of
the unknown, I draw closer to my Lord God. Day by day, I realize all the ways
He cares and makes a Way for me to be His.
        
Our Journey can be lonely at times until we find our faithful loving
Jesus.  We walk together and talk about indescribable love and friendship
we enjoy.  He teaches the way of peace through forgiven sins.  He
brings hope and strength. 
        
And where do I go, but to the Lord!  He is the way when I am lost in a
maze of troubles and sin in this world.   For all who have entered into God’s
rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the
world.  So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if
we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.
  Hebrews
4:10-11. 
        
The Holy Bible contains many stories of those who experienced God’s leading in
their lives.  Exodus 14 contains the amazing story of the Children of
Israel’s freedom from slavery through the power of God.  This book
contains how God worked and still works in the lives of His Children.   For the word of God is alive and powerful.
It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and
spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and
desires.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God.
Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the one to whom we
are accountable.
  Hebrews 4:12-13.  Then Jesus came. Jesus told him, “I am the Way, the
Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
  John
14:6.
        
Our journey of life is built upon Truth. Jesus began his teachings with, I tell you the Truth.  Hebrews 3:5
tells us, Moses was
certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant. His work was an
illustration of the truths God would reveal later.
 
        
Without truth in our daily lives, there is no trust or peace or love. God is
Truth and the Evil One is the Father of all liars. 
        
The author, Robert J. Morgan, read the Exodus of the Children of Israel and
extracted ten strategies for living through difficult times. He published them
in a book, The Red Sea Rules.
        
The Study Guide for The Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan uses the Four P’s of Preview, Prepare, Proceed, and Ponder to
consider in understanding God’s ten strategies for difficult times.
        
Our personal journey takes understanding, patience, deep reflection on His
Grace, and a deep trust in the Creator.
        
How great is our Lord! His power is
absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!
  Psalm 147:5
        
 Dear brothers and
sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an
opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested,
your endurance has a chance to grow.
  James 1:2-3.
        
Now we see things imperfectly, like
puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with
perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will
know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
  I
Corinthians 13:12.


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         Trust in the Lord with all your
heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
   Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you
which path to take.
 
Proverbs 3:5-6

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