Theresa’s Family, when she was a child, would go on holiday to Walton-on-the-Naze. They would always go by train from Romford Station. A few stops from Walton the train would split and the front of the train would go to Walton and the rear of the train would go to to Clacton. Theresa’s dad would get up at the station and say, “I am just going for a walk along the train”. The children would cry out, “Dad, don’t do it! Dad you will end up going to the wrong station and we will never see you again”. What they didn’t realise was that Walton is about 6 miles from Clacton.
There are times when we need direction and guidance in our lives. We might speak to a trusted friend or a family member to get their wisdom on a situation. We might be facing something that is fearful or challenging and we need support and encouragement. We can be fearful of making the wrong decisions – getting on the wrong train!
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this:
“If you board the wrong train it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction”
Our passage of scripture this week looks at the fact that we can know God and that God has a plan for our lives.
Colossians 1 v 9 – 14
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The first thing I take from this passage is that God is knowable and that He has a plan for my life. We can have a relationship with God.
JI Packer puts it beautifully when he writes,
“What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance, and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God?”
Why not send some time praying today that you will get to know God more?