Scriptural Readings: I Peter 2:11, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalms 23.
We are on a journey. We are just passing through this world as the old saying goes but how do we see ourselves in this journey? As Christians we are told that we are going to be with God as He promised us when were done with our earthly lives.
As Christians, we should see ourselves as God’s vehicle. As we deal with a 24/7 cycle in our lives we should be driven by God’s will but the journey has become difficult for us.
A car will always have a bumpy road and has to slow down. Even the largest ship has to cover from a safe place letting a strong storm pass. An airplane has to cope up with air pockets and trains will stop because one way or the other it will run out of tracks.
We need Jesus to absorb these bumpy roads. He’s our shelter during the storm and we will definitely crash as we feel something wrong with our engines due to problems and soon as we run out of tracks because we face uncertainties, our journey stops.
It is a lost cause without God’s intervention. Having no knowledge of what God wants us to do will be a futile attempt to have a life of what God wants us to have. It is only God’s will that we are going to go on and continue our lives conformed to His will handling all the toughest things that will come our way.
I Peter 2:11
Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Sanctification translated in Greek is hagiasmos means “holiness.” Sanctification therefore, means “to make holy.” God wants us, human beings to be holy as holy as he is holy( Lev 11:44 ; Matt 5:48 ; 1 Peter 1:15-16). We are to be saints. Saints translated in Greek is hagios. It is an integral part of our spiritual lives shaking our whole spirit, soul and mortal bodies leaving the things only what God needs in us. This is time, God’s time that He will send us and become true, equipped and mature Christians.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
The word know in Hebrew is YADA` meaning to ascertain by seeing. It is in the Kal preterite form meaning the action had been completed. In other words, He has seen us. He even knows the exact number of our hairs even we keep losing some of them in a daily manner. He already has seen the manner of our journey!
What really is wonderful about this passage is that the Lord has given us thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. The word give is in Kal infinitive. Infinitive verbs like the concept of infinity, they are not bound by time. Therefore thoughts of peace and not of evil shall be with us through our journey as an expected end. The word expected in Hebrew is tiqvahah which means thing that I long for or things that we long for. As for the word end in Hebrew means the last or end, hence, the future.
1 A Psalm of David.
The LORD [is] my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Christian joy and happiness does not mean having no sad and trying moments. We are going to be tested by time through our journey and we are not going to be alone on this journey.
To sum things up, God has already given us peace along our journey in life that is not bound by time. Yes, as pilgrims we are asked to abstain from fleshly lust which can be very difficult for us but God has already seen what lies ahead and He wants us to know that along our journey He has already given us the peace that is not bound by time.
Heavenly Father, we come unto your throne of grace with heaviness in our hearts. We come to your holy presence and claim your promises. You are near to us who are brokenhearted and afflicted. We stand on your promise that you are going to deliver us from these afflictions and lift up these sorrows. We stand on our faith that You will grant us peace that is not bound by time. Through Your son Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior we pray. Amen.