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Uncharted Territories

January 28, 2007

 James 4:13-15  Go to now, ye that say, Today or to-morrow we will go into such a city and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  For that  ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that.”

 I was thinking about some concepts tonight involving exploration.  All of us who are alive today, even our most senior of citizens, were born after the world was pretty well mapped out.  The concept of going into a land with absolutely no idea as to what’s there is a concept that we cannot grasp in the way that the early explorers did.  They went into lands and seas with no maps or eye-witness accounts recorded by those who had gone previously.   They were “trailblazers” in every sense of the word.

I think that of all the journeys into the unknown that were ever embarked upon, the maiden voyage of Christopher Columbus had to be the most unnerving.  I was trying to imagine what it must have been like for a crew member who was aboard the Santa Maria.  Imagine being on a vessel that’s sailing to the “edge of the world” in your mind because some oddball character had convinced the Spanish Monarchy that the world was round.  He believed that China could be reached by sailing west, even though “everyone knows” that China is in the east.  I imagine that as the crewmembers were going about their daily tasks they were also taking nervous glances at the horizon to see if anything looked peculiar; like perhaps as it were, “a huge waterfall going over into the abyss.”  I suppose that the guy in the crows nest grew weary of replying “No I don’t see anything.  if I do I”ll let you know!”  The idea of venturing into a completely alien situation (to boldly go where no man has gone before) must have been quite a traumatic ordeal for those who subscribed to the flat earth doctrine. 

Isaiah 46:9-10  “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God and there is none like me,  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My councel shall stand, and will do all my pleasure.”

In a similar way, we are all venturing into uncharted territory.  Ours is upon the sea of time.  None of us  know “exactly” what’s going to take place tomorrow.  The peace and safety that many of us experience today could be a memory by tomorrow morning.  This is not to say that it “will” be, but it “could” be.  An incident in the middle east that shuts down the Strait of Hormuz would send the western economies into a tailspin almost overnight.  Panic would ensue as suddenly the best laid plans were loosed from their moorings.  This is not intended to cause anyone to be fearful.  Quite the contrary, the desire is to unveil the fragility of the arm of flesh in hopes that we will draw close to the Lord Jesus Christ who has promised to NEVER leave us  nor forsake us.  As we venture into the unknown, the very one who created all that is will be right with us every step of the way. 

We tend to be like Peter was when he came out onto the water with Jesus.  We become frightened by the storm and start to sink as fear takes a hold of us.  When Peter was walking to Jesus on the water, those waves could have been a hundred feet high and it wouldn’t have mattered so long as Peter looked to Jesus.  Such is the case with us.  If we abide totally in Christ and trust him as scripture tells us to do,  nothing will be able to shake us.  We can be “asleep n a pillow” while the storm of the century rages on the other side of the hull.  The following scripture is ever so well read and yet ever so needful.

Matthew 6:31-34  “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat?  or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after al these things do the Gentiles seek:)  for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow:  for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil therewith.

To arrive at a place where we simply trust the Lord Jesus in all things.  Then if the arm of flesh fails, we’ll know that our hope doesn’t rest in the physical realm, but in the God who fills heaven and earth.  He who has the hairs on your head numbered.  The Holy One of Israel who never slumbers nor does he go south for the winter.

I know that I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth repeating.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, I remember during one of the many news stories, an interview with a lady who had lost her restaurant on the coast of Mississippi.  The reporter asked her a typical reporter question.  “What will you do now?”  I can’t remember her exact reply, but it was along the lines of “Well, the house is gone, the restaurant is gone, the vehicles are gone…..sooooo…..I’m going fishing!”  This lady simply didn’t let the situation get to her.  I don’t know if she was a christian or not, but she was handling the situation far better than most. 

Like many today, I’ve never lived through any form cataclysmic events.  Continual prayer; continual drawing closer to the Lord Jesus is a must as time continues to run its alloted course.  A continual examining of ourselves is crucial.  We dare not hang on to any weight or sin.  We must strive to ensure that no root of bitterness, no pride, no ill feelings toward another, and no self serving motivations are setting up shop in our hearts.  How things are going to play out in the days ahead, we don’t know for certain.  But if we’re abiding in Christ, everything will be well with us.  Even if we should be delivered up. 

Well it’s 5:00 am.  Another all nighter.  I wasn’t expecting this post to take on such an apocalyptic tone.  In fact, I’ve caught myself trying to avoid apocalyptic sounding posts.  Such censorship of that which is on my heart is a disservice and something that I need to work on.  To be honest in all things.  I need to close this up but will end it with the following:

John 16:33  “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  in the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

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4 comments

  1. “Well, the house is gone, the restaurant is gone, the vehicles are gone…..sooooo…..I’m going fishing!”

    After the crucifixion of His Lord, Peter had the same idea. John 21:3 ” Simon Peter said to them ‘I go fishing.’ They said to him ‘We will go with you.'”

    We know that this is where they met the resurrected Lord.


  2. Good morning Cumby The lady in Mississippi was so relaxed; as though losing everything was a weekly event. I can’t help but wonder how many saints would be so relaxed in such circumstances. It was quite a testimony and while I don’t remember her name, the story is in my mind as thought it happened yesterday


  3. Lord give me trust.

    Amen.

    Thanks and Blessings.

    Steve

    http://newpsalms.wordpress.com/


  4. oo! A new look blog!
    Every blessing
    Maria inthe UK
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk



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