God’s Word for Today: Ahead.
Ezekiel 1:12. Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went.
There are many ways to look at today’s word, ahead. One should always think ahead. That is much easier said than put into practice. We are lucky most days just to get through that day. No less, try to think ahead. Have you recently had one of those days when ahead is the furthest thing from your thoughts? Simply getting out of bed was about as ahead as you made it for the day?
There are many, many sources telling a person how to get ahead. There are even more sources telling a person that they shouldn’t feel bad. Because, “relief is just around the corner”. Many an evangelist, motivational speaker, or even a best friend have a world of “pick me up” advice. This advice is supposed to help you at least consider this, ahead thing. Their simple “just wait a little longer, you are almost there.” Or, “something good is about to happen.” Maybe the most famous of all, “If you think you have a rough, just look at so and so.”
All that is well and good, and at times may even be enough to lift one out of their funk. But what if you have reached the point where people’s words are just a waste of precious oxygen. What if you have had a particularly bad day, terrible week, hardening month, or what seems like somewhere between a year and forever, as a continual uphill climb. And, you are just plain tired of it all. You don’t want to fight the good fight. You don’t want to hold on just a little longer. You just want to give up. Ahead is the furthest thing from your mind. Ahead is just a place of empty dreams and broken promises.
That my friend is where you have a choice. Right now, you can decide if you are going to give up on the struggle and simply give in to whatever takes you away from your current reality. Personally, mine is sleep. When I don’t want to face the day or think too much, I simply go hide in sleep. Sounds simple doesn’t it? Can’t handle something, sleep it away. Same with any other means of attempting to erase the bad. Alcohol, drugs, food, theft, adrenaline rush, or any of the numerous human ways of avoiding reality. We all have our hiding spot. That isn’t the issue.
What is it that drives you to that place you really don’t want to go to, but it is the only relief you can find? Why can’t everyday just be peaches and cream? What is your “sleep” that you depend on to give you relief? Is it ever any better after you wake up? You and I both know that answer.
Today, know one thing and one thing only. God is the only one who can help. Turn the whole load over to Him. Everybody and everything from this world can only give advice or be a crutch. God put you here on this earth. If you depend on Him, He will take care of you. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God gave you one way and one way only to get ahead. Check out His route. Good stuff right there…………
Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes I am just DONE. Somedays I want to quit. You and I both knows those days that I have quit before and found temporary solace elsewhere. Today, I am turning to you God. I need you like, right now! Forgive me for my human errors. Love me for my human ways. And, direct me on my human path ahead. In Jesus’, the gatekeeper to get ahead in this life, name I pray. Amen.