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Topic: Walk (07/20/06)
TITLE: Footprints in the sands of time
By Abiodun Akinkoye
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“It is a good thing to serve the Lord, walking in the Light of God” goes the popular chorus. Anytime I sing or hear it, it reaffirms my confidence that our walk with God is not in vain.
Over the years most Christians including me have come to realize that living out the Christian faith in a fallen world may not be easy but by grace we receive strength to overcome through faith on a daily basis.
Jesus, our Lord and perfect example did not say it would be a bed of roses. What he promised is an easy yoke. His burden is light, for He is the only one that can make it easy for us. He said that we should be of good cheer for He has overcome the world. We have to work out our faith with fear (of God) and trembling. The Christian walk becomes much easier when we depend absolutely on the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to give us direction.
Jesus became poor, so that through His poverty, we might become rich. He suffered on our behalf and actually gave His life for us so that our challenges become temporary and actually become the process we must go through for our elevation. By identifying with Jesus in His suffering and His glory, we are better able to go through the hills and valleys of our Christian walk knowing that the end is always to God’s glory. He knows the end from the beginning.
Though we have a better covenant, we know that “Enoch walked with God and he was not, for God took Him” (Gen.5: 24 KJV). We also ought to walk with God. By the time we reflect on our past challenges, failures and weaknesses and how God saw us through them and brought us out of them after our patience, enduring faith and perseverance to the glory of His name, we are further encouraged and convinced that he is a faithful God.
Walking with God usually involves staying close to Him. It is impossible to walk with someone and still be far away from him. Nevertheless there are times God stays so close to us that He even carries us in His hands without us realizing it. We even blame Him for ‘abandoning’ us. This is depicted in the famous “footprints in the sands of time” which I love to share here.
A middle-aged man who has served the Lord faithfully reflected on his past
one night and had a dream where he noticed two types of sets of footprints in the sands that he trod upon in his lifetime. He discovered that during the relatively happy and easy moments of his life, there were two sets of footprints, which he identified as belonging to him and God, while during the difficult and challenging periods or moments of his life, there was only a single set of footprints that he assumed belong to him. Then he asked God why He departed from him at his most distressful moments to which God replied, “my child, I have never left you and will never leave nor forsake you, the single set of footprints that you saw at your low moments were actually my footprints while I carried you in my hands”.
When we walk closely with God as His children, He knows when to carry us, as He understands our weakness. It is indeed a good thing to walk with God. When we walk through the fire, we would not be burnt. When we pass through the waters, they will not overflow us. (Isaiah 43: 2 KJV)
Eph. 5:8; Matt. 11:29-30; 2 Cor.8: 9;
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