when the journey is difficult

I’ve been thinking about Abraham lately & how God tested him in Genesis 22 and instructed him to sacrifice his only son, the son of promise, Isaac.  Thankfully, we can read the end of the chapter & celebrate with Abraham that God provided a ram for Abraham to sacrifice in place of Isaac – God sees our needs and has provision waiting for those needs.  But I’ve been thinking about the 3 day journey that Abraham took with Isaac to get to the place where he was supposed to sacrifice his son.  If I were in Abraham’s sandals, those 3 days would have been the absolute & most abhorrent days of my life – knowing what I was assigned by God to do.   The revelation at the end of the journey was nothing less than heavenly (Abraham experienced God in an extremely powerful way) but the journey was nothing less than hell.

Sometimes the journey in our life can be an almost living hell, but let me encourage you that God is walking with you for every step and there’s a great possibility that through this journey, you will come to know God in such a heavenly way that the hell of the journey will pale in comparison to the heaven of the revelation 🙂

something from my recent small group

This last Sat, I had my small group study & we’re watching a video series.  This last Sat was our 2nd video & one of my friends was walking by & commented about how pink the color of the picture was on the TV.  I thought his comment was funny & said that it was this pink last week – “Was it supposed to be a different color?”, I asked.  He explained that the pink was definitely a color aberration.  So we both looked around at the DVD player & noticed that the blue plug was unplugged from the back of the player.  When he plugged it in, suddenly the color on the TV screen lost the overpowering pink tones and cleared up into a more normal scheme.  I laughed because I would have just kept on watching the pink DVD & thought nothing of a color problem.

So here’s my point:  I think that if we don’t allow the Holy Spirit to express Himself in our lives, we’ll walk around in deception, thinking that a “pink” life is normal.  The reason I say this is because one of the first descriptions that Jesus gives of the Holy Spirit, is the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17).  One of the greatest needs in my life is for the Holy Spirit to immunize me from self-deception because I can most certainly throw out some very convincing self-deception schemes.  I want to love Truth more than deception 🙂