24th October 2018

Are We Nearly There Yet?

“…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

It is 500 miles from our home in southern England to where our parents lived in southern Scotland. We made regular car trips north to visit family in Scotland when the children were small. The car would be stocked with snacks, books and favourite games to occupy little minds on the long journey. No matter how organised we were in planning the in-car entertainment, by the time we reached Watford Gap (20 miles down the road) the ubiquitous question came ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ Despite all the electronic amusement gadgetry of today, parents are still all too familiar with this scenario. The eager anticipation and excitement of the destination wears off and boredom and weariness set in rapidly.

We can smile at the recollection of family journeys, but at the same time there is something we can learn from the situation. When we were first converted, we realised God’s plan for us and it was overwhelming and joyous. Romans 8:16 declared “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” What a blessing to have the promise of eternal life! We were inspired and encouraged. However, the years roll by, the highs and lows of life take their toll and we get weary of waiting for the kingdom. The whole idea loses lustre and appeal—we are spiritually drained. We forget that we are already on the journey; we are emissaries for the hope of the world.

God understands our human frailties, Psalm 103:14 (NLT) says “For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.” He loves us and wants us in His kingdom. It really is something to strive for. Remember the servant who said my Lord delays His coming (Luke 12:45). We have started the journey and are on our way. Let’s not weary of well doing. Remember our role as Christ’s representative here on earth (Galatians 6:9). We really are nearly there!

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for using us as your heralds, forgive our weariness and help us to remain focussed on our wonderful destination and purpose—to see you face to face in your kingdom.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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