On a recent family trip we got the usual “Are we there yet?” and “How much longer?”
I think we use this approach when it comes to our relationship with God. We work towards a stronger relationship with Him, but find we never complete the task. It can be discouraging. We find ourselves asking, “Are we there yet?” or “How much longer until I get it?”
A relationship with God is not a task we will ever be able to cross off our “to do” list. It will not be completed in this lifetime, but we can’t stop reaching for the goal because we will grow stagnant.
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10
If we stop growing in Christ, our lives will become like a swamp where the muck and mire of life start to sink our spirit and clog our judgment, goals, direction and relationships. No matter where you are in your walk with God – you are not finished yet and have miles to go.
After putting a Band-Aid on my son’s finger the other night, he asked, “Why don’t you ever get hurt?” I responded, “Oh, I do. It is just that I don’t cry about the small stuff because I am old enough to know there are other things to cry about.”
Life is filled with obstacles, challenges, pain, suffering, and you know the list goes on and on. I am sure you have experienced many of these trials yourself. But, if we continue to build our lives on Christ and His blessed hope we can withstand the weight of this world. Don’t give up on Him, don’t stop studying His Word and don’t push Him out of your life when things seem tough.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
No, we aren’t there yet and we hopefully have a long way to go before our journey is complete. Attach yourself to God and the joys of life. Cling to love, laughter, joy, birth, good health, friendship, and the many other blessings that this life can bring.
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:4