A Sufficient Travel Mate

“There is only one sufficient travel mate on the path to the unknown and I call her Faith.”

(Ron Ash)

As we travel along the path that the Lord intends for us to follow we must pray for guidance and clarity.  In doing so we must understand that we have put His energies into effect in the facilitation of our wishes.  How they will come to be manifested is not of our concern.  We must be confident, trust and have faith in His plan while we recognize the check points along the Way.

Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:9 (King James Version)

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2 thoughts on “A Sufficient Travel Mate

  1. (1) Your Faith metaphor somehow reminds me of the extended Wisdom metaphor, especially as elaborated in Proverbs 8. Here Wisdom is personified as a woman pleading and preaching, telling all who have ears to hear to follow her for their own good.

    (2) (Along the path of faith), “we have put His energies into effect in the facilitation of our wishes.”

    If by the quote is meant something akin to “We partly control the Force” (alluding to Star Wars and some pantheistic thought), then I do not think the Bible supports that form of divine/human cooperation.

    The quote may find biblical support nonetheless, depending on the meaning, but I am not sure I understand what the meaning is, and in any event I believe there is an element in the divine sovereignty/human responsibility tension which is mysterious to me.

    Interestingly the content of the mystery in Ephesians 1:9-10 is the unity of all things in Jesus. In context, this cannot imply an ontological union between the Yin and Yang sides of the Force (or between good and evil), but more likely that all things not only find their origin in God, with some qualification for evil, but also that all things find their goal or purpose in Christ. The cliche is true: history is “His” story.

    I also can’t help but remember, “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9 ESV). If the Christian life is a pilgrimage to the Celestial City (in fellowship with Faith or, as Bunyan dreamed, the character Faithful), albeit fraught with temptation and hardship “along the Way,” surely divine sovereignty gives us some assurance and His commandments some “check points.”

    1. This is a very interesting analogy, but the meaning less complex than “May the Force be with you.” The essence of the statement is that “We have put His energies into effect (the power of God) in the facilitation of our wishes (how our prayers will be answered).” It should be enough for us to ask for and expect the end result without having to be concerned with how the final product will come into being.

      We tend to have tunnel vision when considering how things will come into our reality. We must turn left, turn right and turn right again. What we do not always take into consideration is that God knows all the short cuts. He may even be trying to teach us something along the way. In any event, He knows the best way to get us to where He needs us to be, but without Faith it will be very difficult to get there. Faith enables us to move forward confidently into the unknown.

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