August: A Word from the Pastor

A journey requires a starting point and a final destination.

The key to any successful journey requires the traveler to stay on course. Sailors kept their eyes fixed upon the stars to follow their watery pathway. Travelers on land follow landmarks and posted signs to determine their way. Today, all travelers can be guided by satellites to make sure they reach their journey’s end. Whatever the device, the pathway must be maintained for the destination to be reached.

 The Christian life is also a journey. 

We are traveling through life to our eventual resting place in the presence of the Lord. One day we shall be in heaven, in the kingdom of God, and in the new heavens and new earth. It is a glorious destination, but Christians must stay the course.

The world urges us to conform to the here-and-now allurements and forego the journey.

Our flesh is tempted to find satisfaction in the pleasures of this world. And, certainly the devil does all that he can to thwart our progress. Even so, the faithful Christian keeps his feet on the pathway that leads to glory.

 This pathway is clearly revealed in the Word of God. 

We are told to hear the Word of God, to obey God’s truth, and to be faithful to Him. The way may become dark and dreary; it may be obscured by afflictions and persecutions. The challenge of the Christian life is not to trust in self and not to turn away from the truth.

God’s power and God’s truth are always the way to His pathway of sanctification and glorification.

So, we endure in the resources and truth of God.

Christians are greatly encouraged by the certainty of the journey. Scripture promises,

“Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling, and present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding great joy. To the only wise God our Savior be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (Jude 24-25).

 Our God secured the victory of our journey at the cross of Christ. 

He empowers us by the power of his Holy Spirit every day so that we will reach the secured destination. It is all by His grace and for His glory. With God keeping us in His care, we press on in our journey with our eyes fixed upon Him and His Word. The destination is ever before us, but it is guaranteed by our faithful and loving God.

-Gary W. Custis