Growing up as a child, I enjoyed watching geographic channels and programs on survival strategies. Whenever I watched people going camping in the wild, I noticed they always took a particular Swiss knife. This knife contained different instruments, ranging from a pocket knife, to scissors, to can opener, nail cutter, and a host of other things depending on the size of the knife. It was obvious that these campers choose to carry a single instrument with different other instrument than carrying the instruments separately because they needed to travel as light as possible. This was just a stage in getting them equipped for the journey as they were not sure what could come their way. Should there be any form of attack, their knife would be a source of defense for them
In our everyday life, we journey from one stage to another, one level to another. We have different zenith we would love to achieve in life, but if we are not prepared and braced properly for the journey, our destination may become a mere mirage. As Christians, The word of God is our spiritual knife that helps us cut through all the challenges that may come our way. The bible describes how powerful it is in the book of Hebrews 4:12 by equating Gods word to a tool which is ‘living and active’ and even more ‘sharper than any two edged sword’ that has the ability to penetrate any obstacle. Now with that kind of visuals in mind I am sure we are aware of how powerful that instrument will be. With the bible as our everyday tool, we can be rest assured that we can journey through life with ease because 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us that ‘God is always faithful to provide for us His children an escape from whatever temptation may befall us.’ So whatever snare or arrow the enemy may try to bring our way, once we are fully equipped, we would certainly be victorious.
I Kings 19:1-8 tells us the story of how Elijah the prophet was fleeing from Jezebel who threatened to take his life for killing the 450 prophets of Baal. He got tired and asked God to take His life and then fell asleep. While he slept, an angel woke him up twice to eat as the journey ahead of him was too much. He did this and was able to travel for forty days till he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
After ensuring you know where you are headed, the next step would be to get the right tools needed for that journey.
Many of us begin journeys without the appropriate tools and equipments relevant for that particular voyage. Just imagine a student going for an English examination and goes through all the troubles of going to buy a mathematical set and calculator? Or imagine one going for agricultural practical with a telescope? Now these are good tools, but irrelevant to that particular cause.
For Whatever Physical Journey we may have, we must equip ourselves with the right tools that would make it easier. Before we begin any journey, we must first set our objectives straight. Know exactly what you want to get out from whatever you lay your hands to do. Failure to define from the beginning what your expected outcome is would definitely make you ignorant of the outcome when you have already achieved it.
Once you have acquired the right tools, the next stage is to prepare. A person defined luck as opportunity meets preparation. In the bible when our Lord Jesus was being tempted with things that appeared good, He was able to counter the devil because he was prepared with the word of God. Proverbs 24:30-34 paints to us the scenario of a vineyard that was overgrown with thorns and bushes. I’m very sure the owner of that vineyard wanted to harvest a bountiful reward. But he wasn’t prepared to pay the price of sowing and tilling. If we sleep in the days of sowing, we would definitely go hungry in the days of reaping.
When you have done all the necessary things needed to undertake whatever tasks or journey ahead of you. The last thing is to wait for the right moment to set out. Not all journeys can be made at any point in time. In the western world during winter, before families travel they like to read the weather report to listen to what the conditions of that particular region would be. If is feasible enough to take that journey or not. Undertaking a journey at an unfavourable condition could spell doom and disaster.
In the course of a journey, when oppositions and challenges may arise, do not be afraid to reach into your travel kit and pick the most appropriate weapon relevant to overcome that challenge. When David was faced with the giant, he didn’t need to reach for a new equipment. All he did was reach into his bag and pick out stones he had been saving to defend himself.
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