Looking for God's Kingdom
Your Kingdom come,....on earth...
Isaiah 30: 19-21, 23-26
We look forward to -
More than that, God's Kingdom will be a time when the Lord Himself will heal our aching souls and bodies, binding up our wounds and comforting us. (c.f. Revelation 21: verses 3 - 4)
But . . it is "still not yet".
We are still waiting. We are still hurting. We still have " the bread of adversity" and "the water of affliction". So, what is our expectation while we wait? What should we be seeking this Advent?
Having been privileged to walk one of the ancient pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela, I know the importance of keeping on the right track! Keeping "in the Way". Alone in the mist, on a track over the mountains can be nerve-racking if not dangerous! Yes, there are waymarks: yellow arrows pointing the correct route. But how much better and easier it is with a companion who has walked it before. A "Teacher", (a Guide) who knows the dangers and the problems. A "Teacher" who can keep us on track.
Reflecting on my pilgrimage after I returned, I wrote:-
The Lord God has not left His people without a guide in this time of need! Our Lord Jesus Christ gave us His promise "I will not leave you desolate (comfortless, orphans), I will come to you." (John 14 verse 18)The presence of the Holy Spirit is a reality in the life of a follower of Jesus. In that Spirit, our Master, Lord, and Teacher speaks to us saying day by day:- "This is the Way, walk in it"
So we pray in the words of Isaac Williams, the hymn writer:-
Be Thou my Guardian and my Guide
So be it Lord. Amen.
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