Sunday, April 19, 2015


AS THE SAYING GOES, “IT’S AN UPHILL BATTLE!” Why must it always be so? Well, I guess for one thing walking uphill is hard work. Walking uphill, especially on a steep grade, is more difficult than a lazy stroll around the duff-covered nature trail at Henry Cowell State Park, or a walk in the wind along West Cliff Drive.  However, sometimes getting to the top provides a great view and the climb is worth the effort.

Ah, there’s the rub; is this sweaty uphill trudge worth the effort? What if I get to the top of the mountain and there’s nothing to see, or worse, what if what I see is more mountain?! We really don’t know if the effort will be worth it all . . . unless, we’ve been this way before, or if we trust the encouragement of the person who told us it would be worth it once we made it to the top.

Our walk with Jesus Christ is more often than not a tough journey. He seems to have a thing for wilderness walks (Matthew 4:1-11), stormy seas (Matthew 8:23-27), mountaintop meetings (Matthew 17:1-9), and mid-night darkened gardens (Matthew 26:26-46).

But, here is the good news; in all of these uphill battles, Jesus is there with us. Yes, I realize that it may seem like you’re all alone and that he has left you to face this aspect of the journey on your own, but the reality is that He IS WITH you!  He is not only Immanuel, God with us, but He is also the One who declared, in both the Old and New Testament (Deuteronomy 31:8; John 14:15-18) that He would never leave us or forsake us, He would be with us always, wherever the journey takes us.

Therefore, if you find yourself traveling one of those unpleasant places, take heart you do not travel alone. God, the Almighty, is at your side! (Psalm 118:5-9) And if God is leading you on the journey, it’s always worth it.

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