Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Time to Travel

January 15

“And he came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.”  Ezra 7:8





“Get on board … but if you miss HIS will, the loss is yours.”








Where are you headed in life this year?  How about this month?  This day?  This hour, minute, and second?    The percentage of folks whose best answer to these questions is: ‘I don’t know’, is much higher than you think.  In decades of working with youth, I still find that rare is the young man, or woman, who think about their future on any deeper level than this ignorance.  If you have no direction for this second, nil is the chance that you’ll have any for some greater period of time; and the old adage that they who fail to plan, plan to fail, is no more pointed or acute than it is in regard to eternal matters.  Today though, even among those who do plan, most any poll would reveal that more thought is given to time than eternity; with concern for the latter little more than a sad sort of futility.  We have IRA’s and 401’s, and even burial plans; yet hold little or no thought for where we’ll wake when the retirement is all spent, and the estate plan is in full swing.  “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”  Biblically, time is amoral, but it is nonetheless a trust given us and of immense importance.  The days are evil just as the Scripture defines them; thus they must be redeemed of their fall, and consecrated to our LORD CHRIST.

"For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his GOD upon him.”  Ezra arrived in Jerusalem after four full months of travel because he planned to go, and then prayerfully stayed the course.  Beloved, a Christian life that is dynamic and headed somewhere is an idea of GOD.  Get on board, the map is HIS Word, the SPIRIT our guide, the Pastor our shepherd, the Church our escort … but if you miss HIS will, the loss is yours.     

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the LORD is.”

For Love of Country
Joseph Story (1779-1845)
(U. S. Congressman; Supreme Court Justice)
"We are not to attribute this prohibition of a national religious establishment [in the First Amendment] to an indifference to religion in general, and especially to Christianity (which none could hold in more reverence than the framers of the constitution) ..."

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