As I look out a window of Detroit’s Wayne airport, the sun slowly descends into the west. While not visible due to the clouds overhead, you can see the darkness enveloping the aircraft outside. I board my flight for Shanghai, China and find my seat next to the window. Soon we are airborne above the clouds and now the sun has slipped below the horizon and a thin line of red stretches as far as I can see out my window.
Only 14 more hours of flying and I will be there! I settle in for the long flight trying to decide what movie to watch or which meal I will choose when I am asked. A thought struck me as I glanced outside once more. I will be chasing the sun the entire trip and will never catch it. I watch the small screen in front of me for details of the trip and see that we are traveling about 550 miles per hour heading west by northwest. 550 miles per hour and we will never catch up! This is amazing, that much effort and we will never see the sun again until it appears in the eastern sky tomorrow.
God said something like this in Psalms 103:12 ”As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us”. It made me think more about my God who loves me so much that He would not cover my sin, or store up my sin, but He would REMOVE my sin. And He has removed them so that I can never catch up with them ever again.
So if God has removed my sins that far away, what makes me chase after them every once and a while? Why would I go after something that God Himself has put out of my reach? And why would He do this for me?
I think the job of Satan is to deceive. He is called the father of lies. His most powerful weapon is deceit. He has trained his minions to do the same, deceive people. Satan started with the very first people God ever put on earth and he has not changed his tactics since. Deceived people will act upon the deception as if it were truth, because to them IT IS!
Here is my logic in all of this, see if it works for you. Jesus said He was the way and the truth and the life. Let’s look at each one a little more.
The way – In Proverbs 16:25 we read, “There is a way that seems right to man but that way leads to destruction”. So the ONLY way is Jesus. The correct way is the way Jesus lived and taught. You want to know God, learn to know Jesus.
The truth – Truth is not relative, it is true whether we believe it or not. Jesus said He was the truth so anything or anyone else is a lie. So learning to discern between truth and lies becomes our job. Listening to the Father will allow us to know truth. Jesus even said that He would send One after Him that would guide us into all truth. That’s the job of the Holy Spirit. to guide us into truth. Our job is to listen and follow His voice. We were never made to judge right or wrong, but to trust the Father and have fellowship with Him. This solves the issue of right and wrong.
The life – If Jesus is life then everything else must be death. That seems a little simple at first but think about it for just a moment. I get to choose between life and death in every decision I make. Choose Jesus’ answer and I get life. Choose my own answer and I’ll get death. Don’t think of death as the ending of physical life. Think more along the lines of death as mental and emotional thing. Like a relationship issue, health issues, financial issues, family issues. Jesus said He came to give life and a more abundant life. So if we aren’t experiencing an abundant life, what are we experiencing?
Don’t get me wrong, for me the abundant life is not material things. It’s more like a peace that passes understanding. I am at peace even in suffering. I may not be enjoying the moment, but underneath the chaos and confusion there is a peace inside that keeps me emotionally stable and mentally calm.
God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die. His death gives us access to have our old sin nature removed, as far as the east is from the west, and a new nature, one that is holy and righteous, put in us. Then the Holy Spirit comes and takes His place inside that new nature to guide us into all truth. Read Ezekiel 36:26-27, it’s pretty simply explained in these verses by God. Try John chapter 17, it goes sort of like this: Jesus in the Father, the Father in Him. Us in Him, Him in us… We are one with the Father just like Jesus is one with the Father.
So as I sit here on a plane bound for China watching the sunset for 14 hours, remember God loves you and made a way that you could have peace with Him and yourself. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, He will guide your paths.
Discern from God where you have believed a lie and exchange it for truth. Truth will set you free!