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Sunday, January 13, 2019

We’re going to face both good times and bad while traveling through 2019


"And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: give me a light
that I may tread safely into the unknown! And he replied: go out into the
darkness and put thine hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to thee
better than light and safer than a known way." (Anonymous)

I used the above proverbial saying recently but, I truly love its message and it's so appropriate to our lesson today because we've passed through the gate and have begun our journey. I pray that it's God's will that we all survive this year's journey. My editorial efforts today is directed towards providing us with advice as to what I believe to be the best way of traveling. In order to do this I'm going to use a most profound question asked of Jesus by one of His disciples. Before we get to that question, let me give you some thoughts that will sort of "set the stage" for our question.

Throughout history there have been many great authors and philosophers, people I'll refer to as "users of words." We've had Socrates, Sophocles, Aristotle, Shakespeare and Longfellow (to name a few). All of those were great users of words. And, we still have many today who could be considered in that category. But, all human "users of words" past and present, fall short in the most important usage of words.

The sad thing is that man has always, and still does, look to these "users of words," these renowned philosophers and authors for answers to the real questions of life. And, the sad thing is that none of them can really provide the answers man needs the most. As great of thinkers that they are, they simply cannot answer questions that are most important to our lives.

If you want to know how to live your life in the best way possible, or you want to know what is truly important in this journey of life, where do you go? And, even more important is what happens after this life? All of the great thinkers and authors have no answers for these questions. Especially not reliable in answers to those questions are the psychologists and philosophers because, for the most part, they only ask questions and leave it up to you to figure out the answer.

I guess that what I'm saying here is, that when man needs direction in the most important things of life, the worlds greatest authors, philosophers or "users of words" cannot help us. You see, they can't give us directions to heaven. And, securing that eternal location should be our number one goal while living this life.

A sad thing to note is, that many people rely on the words of other human beings as to reaching the heavenly goal. And some "users of words" such as Jim Jones, David Koresh and others have cost their followers not only their earthly life, but have not led them towards heaven either.

So, where do we go for answers to who we are, how we got here and how to live while here so as to guarantee a future life in heaven? Those questions bring us to the question I referred to at the onset of this lesson. To me, it is one of the "great" questions of the Bible. In the 6th chapter of John, Jesus is seeing that "many of His disciples" were leaving Him. He turned to His Apostles and asked them if they were also going to leave Him? It's Peter that answers for the group and he does it in such a way that he provides us with our most pertinent question. He asks, "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou has the words of eternal life."

"Thou," you, Jesus, is the only one who has the words of eternal life. It was true when Peter said it and it's still true today. No earthly writer, or user of words, can provide the route to heaven - only Christ. Later on in John 14:6 He says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Where do we find the "words" we need to follow for eternal salvation? The only source of this information is the "gospel." The "Word of God." There's even another term I like in making this point. It's found in 1 John 5:11 where we read "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son." That "record" is the "words" brought to us by Christ and John 12:44-50 tells us that the "words" spoken by Christ are the "words" of his Father.

So, as we go forth on this year's journey, let's always remember Who and What our most trustworthy guide is. Who has given man the most important "words" with which to lead us. Yes, many men give us "words" and many of them are beneficial in many ways. But, just remember, no words of man can save your soul and grant you eternal life in heaven.

Like Peter so beautifully said it in his question, which I see as rhetorical, "Lord, to whom shall we go?" He's making a statement by his question and saying, there's no other place for man to go that has the "words of eternal life." What a tremendous question/statement. There is no other person, however great a "wordsmith" they may be, that can provide the most important information necessary to human & eternal life.

We're going to face both good times and bad while traveling through 2019 and we need to always hold Christ's Words before us as our roadmap to our eternal goal. When we hold Christ's Words, we hold God's hand. That is our safe way through our year's journey. I'll close with one more Bible passage that fits our thoughts here today

"Let that therefore abide in you, which ye had heard from the beginning.
If that which ye had heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye
also shall continue in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise
that He hath promised us, even eternal life." (1 John 2:24-25)

Respectfully submitted,
Ron Covey

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