18th August 2019

Passport Reminders

“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
Psalm 25:4-5 (NRSV)

If you have ever travelled to a foreign country, you probably have a passport. Without a passport you’ll have had a very difficult time getting back home! Personally, when I’m waiting in a queue to re-enter my country, I’m constantly checking to see if I have my passport. Even though I know I had it, still I pull it out many times, just to remind myself it’s still there. It’s not as if my passport will disappear if I don’t pull it out every 15 minutes. But when I see it in my hand, my anxiety disappears. I’m reminded that all is well and soon I’ll be home.

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our anxieties and fears could be settled simply by looking at a passport? We may be thankful that Jesus gives us something far superior than a legal document to look at—he gives us himself. While he has given us a home in his kingdom, we will often feel like foreigners in our temporary home—no matter in which country we live. Similarly, waiting to cross a border, our anxieties and fears can grow in case we’re left behind in foreign territory. But Jesus is with us. As we turn our eyes to him, we are reminded that God is trustworthy to bring us home.

Here’s a scripture to help turn our eyes toward him as we start or end our day: “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me. Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long” (Psalm 25:1-2).

If you find yourself waiting in a long queue at a border, let’s hope you remembered your passport. But if you find yourself in a long wait for the Lord, I suggest you look around and see his presence. Ask him to remind you of the Father’s goodness and faithfulness to you. You’ll see in his eyes that you’re home free.

Heavenly Father, we put our trust in a small document, when really we need to put our trust in you. Help us always to remember, we carry your passport for entry into your heavenly kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Presented by Heber Ticas

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ ( https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Heber Ticas is an Elder in Grace Communion International and is the Superintend of the Churches in Latin America. He also serves as the National Coordinator for Church Multiplication in the United States.

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