Peter, A Breath of Fresh Air
Are we there yet? Five minutes later, “Are we there yet?” When going on a trip that takes more than a few hours, we heard this quite often from the back of the van. Multiply times three and you get this question asked many times. What a amusing “blessing” to know that THEIR kids now ask the same question, many times over, of them.
Our journey with God can be the same. We ask, “Father in Heaven, are we there, yet?” “When will we see you?” “When will we stop messing up and arrive, holy, before you?” We kick ourselves when we do what we don’t want to do and say what we didn’t intend to say. We lament over the past. We must confess that life is a journey and we will not arrive until we see Him face to face. So, we need to let up on ourselves, ask for forgiveness, then forgive ourselves and keep moving on…with God. We have this bright hope and an even brighter, glorious future with God! Get in the van, with God driving, and stop asking “are we there, yet” and enjoy the trip! HE will get us to our destination.
Peter relates how much God paid so that our future’s are secured.
1 Peter 1, The Message
13-16 So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.”
17 You call out to God for help and he helps—he’s a good Father that way. But don’t forget, he’s also a responsible Father, and won’t let you get by with sloppy living.
18-21 Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God.
What do we learn?
–He is God and we are not.
–We obey His will, not our own, making the trip more enjoyable.
–It cost God plenty to get us out of our own sin.
–Embrace the journey.
–We are not there, yet!
Dear Heavenly Father, We repent, once again, for trying to be in control. We relinquish all control to You. Drive us forward on this journey here until you get us to your destination there. We are destined to be with you. Thank you for doing all the driving for we are weary of trying to drive ourselves.
In Jesus Name, Amen