God Will Never Steer You Wrong on Life’s Journey
By James Washington Contributing Writer | 6/7/2013, 8:07 a.m.
They tell me that Satan has power in the physical realm. Some even go so far as to say he rules here. One thing is clear to me and that is you need to understand whose turf you’re on when you try and function in a world that has Satan’s fingerprints all over it.
For those of you who would deem this a little far-fetched, let me describe it this way. We live in a world that in many ways is governed by evil and fraught with temptation. The question is what responsibilities do we have as believers when it comes to trying to live according to the model we call Jesus Christ?
My first reference point would be the temptation of Christ in the desert by Satan. He offers Jesus all the world, all that this physical realm possesses; that which would make any man or woman salivate, whether it was power, wealth, or dominion over everything He saw. Jesus renounces Satan and is attended by angels who supply His every need.
My second reference point would be when John wrote to believers in Ephesus, where he explains we should not love the world or anything in it. As a matter of fact, if you fall prey to lust and pride, you must recognize that these are worldly things and not godly things.
It appears that in order to navigate a reality that is stacked against you, you probably need help. The help apparently comes in the form of a belief system anchored in the knowledge that we exist in a temporary world. The devil runs this place and that’s okay because we’re merely passing through.
It’s sort of like coming upon a traffic accident on the highway. Everything can be viewed through your window without you getting hurt. But if you’re not careful you can get caught up in the traffic jam that follows. Outside forces can wreck your life also. Please. Drive carefully and have a nice day.
Now I understand what some ministers have tried to tell me when they relate to the bible as a sort of roadmap through this treacherous terrain called Earth. When you get right down to it, as long as you recognize just how treacherous the terrain is, and you have a map that you believe in and follow, you’ll be fine. The obligation we have as Christians is to make sure we do not willingly succumb time and again to the temptations so easily afforded us where we live.
We cannot love the world more than God. We cannot be led by our passions and addictions and our emotions in this regard. It’s hard but we cannot let this happen in the face of a devil that is relentless. He will never let up. The assault on our senses is endless. Our faith in God must also be equally persistent.
If I could go back through my own journey, I can now understand that it all was a means to an end. The destination is the reason for any trip. But the process of being prepared is essential to how much you’ll be able to enjoy the ride. Pack well. Bring all those things that you need so you won’t have to stop all the time.
Make sure you’ve got enough to eat and perhaps something to read. And above all, don’t forget the map because, without it you’re sure to get lost. Now if all that is taken into consideration and you have a clear picture of where you’re trying to get to, your destination, you’re ready to travel. If you don’t know where you’re going (and many of us don’t), I submit to you this ain’t ‘Wizard of Oz’ and you’re not Dorothy. This definitely ain’t Kansas and the devil ain’t playing. Until you get serious, you might want to rethink this relatively short lived trip; that’s right, short lived but extremely intense. If you get this, that’s good. If you don’t roll up your windows and may God bless and keep you always, really.