Jude 1:24-25 – Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
My wife and I have come to depend on our hiking sticks. We were not sure we would like them at first, but now we very rarely hit the trail without them. If you have never used hiking sticks you might be surprised at the difference they make in your endurance and ability. They reduce the strain on your hips, knees, and ankles and at the same time give you the added benefit of an upper body workout. On several occasions they have kept me from twisting an ankle on rugged terrain or slipping on a muddy trail. They also provide stability if you need to ford a stream. If you plan to do any serious hiking, I highly recommend getting a set of sticks!
When it comes to our Christian walk we have one who is able to keep us from stumbling, as well, that is, of course, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. But unlike a set of hiking sticks, we cannot treat him like some optional piece of gear that we pick up one day and set aside the next as our feelings dictate. If we want to keep from stumbling we must put our trust in him daily, walking in faith with the knowledge that it is only through the power of his blood shed on the cross that we are able to overcome the desires of our sinful hearts.
We also need to remember that as Christians our destination is secured by Christ who came before us, but the life of faith is still a journey that will have rough spots along the way. We will encounter struggles in our Christian walk to be sure, but through Christ we have assurance that one day we will persevere and he will “present [us] blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy.” And, finally, we can take great comfort in Jesus’ own words from John 6:38-40,
38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
“To the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”
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© Todd D. Nystrom and Todd the Hiker, 2014.