Crossing the journey of life is like crossing a major River on foot in its overflowing days. Life seems bleaker than it was yesteryears ago. We hate to look back at 2008 because we seem to see but not touch the American Dream. Hopes are slimmer and dreams are lost. Because we have suffered for too long we drink with insatiable gullibility fairytales on fairylands. Depression is now a homemade product. Such was the case of the Israelites too. The children of Israel were promised Canaan on the other side of River Jordan. They did not know the way; never passed that road or been there before. Thus must rely on a guide. If they had to follow God then they must be holy because He is holy (I Pet 1:15). They would do that through his priests. God will manifest himself in a pillar of cloud by day to keep them cool and a pillar of fire by night to keep them warm. By so doing the people knew that God was alive. Today I want to flashback at how the children of Israel crossed River Jordan and to lend you some principles that will help you make the journey of life joyfully because life is always a journey similar to that of the Israelites.
Similarity 1: looking for direction. Every human being is looking for direction some point in life; each looking for the square peg to fit in the square hole. They had to follow the priests and the Levites. Who are you following to lead you into the journey of life? I guess your counselor. But did you know that even the best counselor sometimes makes mistakes. Ahithophel the best did failed and committed suicide (2 Sam 17:7; 23). Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Jn 14:6). Some people are used to not asking for directions and they end up turning round and round the same road. Time wasted can never be regained. So, why not follow the Guide: Jesus that never loses direction.
The second similarity: a new road we have not passed there before. What human has lived the journey of life? None! So why do you court the psychic? Sylvia Brown made the news on The Montel Show when she told a woman that her boyfriend drowned. Much to Sylvia's shock, the woman revealed her boyfriend was a firefighter and died in the 9/11 terror attacks. Think of Tracy Higgs, John Edwards, British clairvoyant: Lisa Williams and the rest. If they knew how to win those Mega millions they will not take the little dime you have to survive. None of them and no human with supernatural powers can predict to you all about your life because God alone is Omniscient.
Third similarity: the condition to sanctify ourselves. How do you live? Would you accept for your life to be placed on a giant screen for all to watch? The Nigerian 419 scams just showed America and the world how gullible and hypocritical we live with a doctor trying to wash money from black paper. Sorry Mugu! The people complained to Jeremiah about hardship and he tells them that: “Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you (Jer 5:25).” The crocodile cannot go to the jaguar for food.
The fourth similarity: follow the priest and Levite. I know nowadays it would seem like the modern days priests and ministers need to follow the people rather than the people following them. But again would you pull off all your teeth because you have a bad tooth? There are many good prelates that we should follow than those going astray.
Fifth similarity: God is alive! God is among you. Does it look like God is with our world or it looks like he has abandoned us. If you trust God and follow His guidance then impossible things to you will become possible. If God does not calm the storm He will calm you in the storm.
The journey of life is a path we are all condemned to saunter. Yet what matters is how you go through. My hope is that we make the journey with joy and victory, and we would like to look back rather than regret why we were ever born.
Until then, count on God who knows your future.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.
“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).
Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).