“It is the Lord who goes before you.”
In the Movie “1492” we can learn a little bit about Christopher Columbus’s life. This great Italian explorer crossed the Atlantic Ocean and discovered America, a feat that was thought to be impossible.
This story, and the story of many of other explorers, illustrates the need for all Christians to cross new frontiers all the time. These frontiers or barriers can be geographical, racial or spiritual. Perhaps not all of us can become overseas missionaries, but we can do mission work wherever we are. We can also strive to find ways to eliminate the scourge of racial discrimination from our world in the name of Christ.
In the spiritual area, our duty is to continue seeking God as part of our lifelong commitment to seek his perfect will. We even have an advantage over “Don” Christopher, for God has given to us a map (the Bible) for the journey, which includes specific directions and divine guidance.
Furthermore, Jesus goes before us in the journey and this, my brethren, is an immeasurable benefit. As we follow his steps in obedience to his Word, we are guided by the “footprints” that Jesus has left behind along the way. Likewise, as we follow Jesus our road is clearer, because he has defeated all our enemies and helps us to avoid many dangerous pitfalls.
Let us walk towards new frontiers today with boldness and confidence, trusting that Jesus is before, with, and in us. He knows the way, so take his hand and become a spiritual explorer for the Lord.
“...in order that he may establish you today”
“Hello, who’s this?”
“Good afternoon Mr. Thompson, I am calling to confirm your date tomorrow.”
“Listen lady, I’m a married man!”
“Mr. Thompson.” Replied the operator very softly. “You made an appointment to donate blood at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow night. Can we still count on you?”
“Of course you can!” Responded Mr. Thompson, and then he apologized for his misunderstanding.
In our society everything is confirmed; from dates, to doctors appointments, to any other activity. People also confirm hotel, car rental and events reservations. This is a good practice, for it saves us from wasting time and money; and finding later on that the reservation or appointment has been canceled.
God also practices confirmation in relation to Christians. The word “confirm” can be also translated as to establish, ratify, validate, approve, etc. A clear example of this is how God ratified or established every covenant with blood. Even the New Covenant was validated by the blood of Jesus.
Our salvation is sure, because we have been confirmed or “cemented” with the seal of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore God is in complete control of our lives, holding every piece together and working everything for our good. Therefore, do not fret or worry about the future, because there is nothing more confirmed in the world than our salvation.