Arnold Joppich, guest writer

The Psalmist wrote: ‘The Lord says,’because he loves me, I will trust him; I will make him great because he trusts in my name. When he calls on me I will answer;…I will satisfy him with a full life and give him my salvation.’

As we travel along life’s highway there are many interesting and exciting things that we see and experience. Along this highway we come across many cross roads. If we are going to get to our destination, we need to know which is the right way. To choose the right way we will need a very good guide. The attractions offered and the beautiful scenery can make decision making daunting and perplexing. Which way? How do I get there the quickest? What will be the cost? Is it scary? So many questions!

When we begin a New Year, a project or a journey, we need a plan or a vision. The best way to start of course, is with God’s Word – God’s Guide Book. It has been around for centuries and never fails to get travellers to their destination. It is more reliable than the best GPS. John 14:5-7 reads: ‘Thomas said to Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where you’re going; so how can we know the way?” Jesus said “I AM The WAY – the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Me. Because you have known Me, you will also know My Father; from now on, you do know him – in fact, you have seen Him.”’

Jesus said “I am the Way”.

Jesus said, I am the way. We may not be able to see into the future but there is someone we trust who can see and know the future, how much safer we will feel. We can trust Jesus.
It is safe to trust him

Faith, and the walk along God’s way is not a static thing.

God expects action. God is sending us as He did Abraham and the disciples. In Genesis 12:1-2 – Matthew 28:19-20 faith can be a confession, but more importantly it is to be an action thing. Faith is the opposite to fear. God has made us to be decision makers – decisions for Him and His will. People become crippled for fear of the unknown, of failure, or what people will think, and what it will cost. Shakespeare once said “Of all of man’s basic passions, fear, is the most cursed.” As we walk the road of faith it will involve risk, courage, vision, sacrifice, and faithfulness. God is always looking for people with these abilities

Let us take the lesson from Numbers 13:17-20. Moses chose 12 spies. It took 40 days to reconnoitre the promised land. The report of the land – fantastic – but fear overcame 10 spies. Only Joshua and Caleb had faith.
What did the fear of the 10 do? It consigned them and the Children of Israel to 40 years of wandering and death in the wilderness. What a catastrophic outcome.

Faith and courage do not mean a total absence of fear. Fear often is rebellion against God and His purposes. Fear can not only affect us but those around us. As we look to the future, we need to overcome fears and work out what God’s purposes are for us. In this it is necessary for us to assemble together as a church and to worship.

Starting point on a ring road. Rough, unsealed, treacherous.
The Psalmist wrote: For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go.

Remember, salvation is just a starting point..

In John 10 and 15 Jesus tells us who He is and who we are. The church is not a safe haven. The church is where we learn how to be soldiers, what the battle is, and where to face the enemy. The church needs to be the command centre. We are revolutionaries. Romans 13:11-14. We are to work with God to restore the broken world.

Yes! There are lots of challenges for us in the future. God has an interesting road ahead for us to walk – a walk of faith. Some of the walk may not be easy but we should not purposely look for trouble. We need to take Jesus words to mind from Matthew 5:11-12 and Matthew 6:24-34. The challenge is great but the battle is God’s.

A final word from the Psalmist: We live within the shadow of the Almighty, sheltered by the God who is above all gods

Walk in faith and not in fear.

Jesus’ last words were “Lo! I am with you always”.

He who has called us is faithful.Moses thought his call and purpose were finished. He went from dining with heads of state to counting heads of sheep. Then God called him from a bush, “Time for work Moses”. Is God calling you? The call could come from a bush, a mop bucket, a friend, or His Word. God is not finished with you yet. The wonderful thing is that in all your challenges you have authority to call on the name of Jesus. Go forward in faith.

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