Whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while. Romans 15:24
We are all on a journey, that’s what life is, a journey. Your journey will take you in one direction while mine takes me in another direction. Everyone’s journey is different, yet one thing is the same. Every journey will have twists and turns, bump and bruises, that is a guarantee. It doesn’t matter how close you walk with God, life happens and sometimes you will be faced with crisis, issues and barriers. Walking in a close relationship with your Heavenly Father does not mean you will never experience trouble, it simply means He will get you through it. He doesn’t always take away problems, but He is always faithful through them.
The apostle Paul knew this truth all too well. He was full of the Holy Spirit, but faced more predicaments and setbacks than any of us ever have. He was preaching and teaching every where he went. We know he had a close relationship with his Father, and he even met Jesus face to face, but that did not make his journey perfect. In today’s scripture, he talks about his plan to visit the church in Rome on his way to Spain, but he was already preparing that he would need some help on there way. He was pretty sure by this time in his ministry, that stuff always happens and many times his plans were changed at the last minute. That is why he was seeking to enjoy their encouragement and fellowship when he got there.
On my own journey, I have had many struggles. Most of them self-inflicted, but many were just because life happened. What I have found to be true through it all is that God’s grace is great enough to get me through whatever obstacles come my way. I used to believe that when a problem got in the way that whatever I was heading toward was not God’s will or else it would just work out. However, now I understand that sometime life gets in the way and with God’s help, you can push through or find another avenue to get you there. The most important thing is to follow His lead and He will take you through every barricade.
Today I want to encourage you on your journey. If you do not know where you are going, seek His direction today. Ask Him to make His path plain and clear so you can follow. Also ask Him to put His desire into your heart so you will be lined up with the right way of thinking and attitude on your way. If you know you are on the right path and journey, I want to encourage you to stay strong and close to your Father. Listen to the Holy Spirit’s voice as He speaks to your heart the secret solutions to every obstacle and ask Him to expose and traps and potholes the enemy may be trying to catch you in. Lastly, connect regularly with others that can help and encourage you along the way. The journey God has planned for you is good, but the path will never be perfect.
Today’s scripture reading: Romans 15:22-33