Like with everyone else, life throws things at me that not only stops progress, but pushes me back a few steps.
Time has shown me something in all of this. Each time I determine to take a direction the Lord has impressed upon me, those roadblocks start popping up.
That’s what happened with the Bible study. That’s what happened with the novel I felt God directed me to write. It has even happened in the work around the home I was taking on.
The reality is, I can let them go, or continue on, one step at a time, accepting it is a journey. I can’t even say it is a marathon and not a sprint. Even marathons have a specific end in their specific run. No, this is a journey. Part of the discipleship God is teaching me. Part of that deepening trust in a God who is preparing me, step by step, for the things He has for me to do. I will continue on, trusting God through it all.
Yes, this journey has an end. But that’s not a sad thing. It’s a time for celebration. For that reason, I am not going to quit walking with Jesus. Not everything about this life is easy. Sometimes it’s downright difficult. There are some things we’ll never understand fully.
Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. John 6:54-59
Even today, the symbolisms in these words are misunderstood and taken to the extreme and people, because they do not understand, take it to a disturbing conclusion Even the disciples that walked with Jesus gave mention to this after listening to Jesus teaching about his death, and life through his blood and body.
When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” He spoke of Judas the son of Simon Iscariot, for he, one of the twelve, was going to betray him. John 6:60-71
God so loved the world…the world, folks. Everyone! But sin is real and prevalent. It is the transgression of the law of God. That’s why Jesus became the sacrificial lamb. Justice demands payment for the transgression of the law. That’s evident in the busy court systems of today. Jesus sacrificed himself as payment for our transgression of God’s law. Love. Accepting that sacrificial act, that love, by faith, and submitting to the Lordship of Christ, not just believing in God, (the demons also believe in God) leads to eternity with him. The difficulty in the details often are the result of not understanding the culture of the time, the language of the time from when the books of the Bible were written. Modern translations do their best to make it more understandable, but background on the history of the Old Testament, New Testament and the differences help so much in understanding.
For someone like me, who loves to dig into these things, it becomes an adventure. An adventure to learn more. An adventure to share what I’ve learned. Even in the midst of roadblocks, this adventure is worth pressing forward through the setbacks.
So, let the enemy put out all the roadblocks he wants. I have a God who has provided light for my way.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it to keep your righteous rules.- Psalm 119:105-106