“The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life” (Proverbs 16:17, English Standard Version).
For the past few days we have discovered and discussed what it means to experience God’s Presence, and how God has provided us with practical ways to do so. I want to conclude this series with an illustration I think will be helpful to you as you move forward.
Recall the many times you have driven along the highway. You travel at varying speeds, moving in and out of traffic, changing lanes at appropriate junctures, taking in the sights as you travel along.
From this day forward try approaching Bible Study, Christian Fellowship, and Prayer with the same perspective.
As you open the Bible to read or study, realize that you are a Traveler entering onto a highway. The same is true when you pass through the doors of a church filled with Christ-followers, or a home hosting a group of ardent believers. And, again, the same is true when you bow your head and lift your heart to heaven in Prayer. In each of these you are a Traveler entering onto a highway.
You begin slowly and deliberately. Then you pick up speed and begin to move with the flow of traffic. Perhaps you are heading somewhere specific, or just out for a drive. Either way, never forget that somewhere in your journey you are going to be met by God. He is on the highway, also. And He is coming up on you any minute now!
He may be coming from behind, and pull up alongside you. Or He may be coming from the opposite direction, and call you to turn around. He may even take the overpass, and lead you to places you never even thought of going.
The point is that you are GOING somewhere.
Never read the Bible as a static soul, unmoved by its words and power. Never attend a fellowship of Believers detached and uninvolved, for you will miss the movement of God if you do so. And never go to the place of prayer on auto-pilot; reciting religious phrases, chanting incantations and muttering monotone speeches.
Instead, live your life to the full by seeing yourself as a Traveler, and these three useful provisions -- Bible Study, Christians Fellowship, and Prayer -- as High Ways that will always lead to an unmistakable, undeniable, unforgettable encounter with God!