Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: 2 Timothy 4:1-8
Key Verse: “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8
Several years ago I attended a Bible camp in the mountains of Colorado. I had never been to Colorado before, and I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was up there in the mountains. I can still vividly see the view from the top of a rocky outcrop that a group of us climbed one morning. It was breathtaking.
However, we are told that the beauty we see now pales when compared with what God has for us in eternity. Isn’t that amazing? “Even in this life we may catch glimpses of His presence and may taste the joy of communion with Heaven, but the fullness of its joy and blessing will be reached in the hereafter. Eternity alone can reveal the glorious destiny to which man, restored to God’s image, may attain” (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 602).
Getting to the top of that rocky outcrop was not easy. In fact, the first time the group went up, I couldn’t make it all the way. I was literally paralyzed with fear as I looked down the steep slopes around me. You see, I am afraid of heights, and the evil one knew it. As I walked toward the steep hill, a little voice in my ear kept telling me, “You can’t climb that! It’s too much for you. And even if you did make it up, you’d probably fall or be blown off the top.”
I trembled in fear and stopped part way up as I began to cry. In fact, I started to turn back and go down, when some friends came back to help me. “You can do it! Just step there, now there,” they encouraged me. With their love and compassion soothing my fears, I finally made my way, step by step, all the way to the top. It felt amazing! The glorious, beautiful view was worth every once of sweat and struggle I’d experienced on the way up!
I’m reminded how the Lord encourages, supports, and comforts us on the path to our heavenly home. We are told in Hebrews 13:5, 6, “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” (NKJV).
And in Romans 8:31 we read, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (NKJV).
Our path in life is much like my first mountain climbing experience in Colorado. Along the way we all have times when we doubt what God has promised, and instead we listen to the lies of a fallen angel telling us we cannot advance, we cannot go farther, we’ve already failed too much to reach our goal. But we must not listen to this voice of doubt. We must keep moving forward and upward with our eyes on Jesus. The path to eternity is not easy, but it will be so worth it when we reach the other side.
Whatever you face in the coming days, remember that Jesus is beside you. As long as you keep holding on to Him and pleading for His assistance, He will not fail you. He will carry you when needed. And He will lead you safely home!
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Loving Father, as the Bible tells us, the way home is not always going to be easy. In fact, we know we will face trials along the upward way. Because of this, we need You to guide us and help us to stay on the narrow path. Please help us to surrender daily, keeping our eyes on You. Help us to stay in tune with Your voice and not give place to suggestions of discouragement from the enemy. Please shield us and protect us from all attacks until You’ve brought us safely home. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.