“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect; but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12
Pursued by chariots and horses (the fastest mode of travel in that day), the children of Israel walked across the Red Sea. Forty years later, after a circuitous and tedious journey, they walked into the Promised Land.
That’s the way our journey through life usually is – a daily walk, one step at a time. Occasionally we “fly with the eagles,” but more often we just plod along, day by day, and the perfection we dream of seems far away.
Like the apostle Paul, through faith in Jesus Christ we look ahead and see perfection, the kind of Christian God wants us to be, the promised land of heaven. Looking at today, however, we see slow progress, slipping and falling, rocks along the way, a step backward for every one forward.
Day by day, as in faith we come to God for guidance, we press on in our upward journey, one step at a time.
PRAYER: Take my hand, Lord, and lead me. Make a wide place for my steps so that my feet will not slip. Amen.
(Taken from “Words of Promise” (out of print), copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)
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