Posted by: arieliondotcom | July 19, 2010

Glory Train

Glory Train

Song:Glory Train

Genesis 47:9 “And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.”

One of my earliest memories is from when I was about two years old, sitting on a chair in a hallway in New York, and my father putting what I now know was a cast iron train engine on my lap and leaving me sitting alone in the hall with it.

He obviously intended to delight me with a toy. But that huge metal thing, about the size of a man’s forearm it seems, was so heavy it hurt my legs and terrified me, thinking no one would come back for me and I’d never get it off.

Life is like a train ride we wake up on without knowing how we got there or our destination. Unless we know the intent of the One who gave it to us, what was meant to be a delightful adventure can become a terrifying experience.

In today’s Scripture passage we read a statement the Jewish patriarch Jacob makes to Pharaoh of Egypt. Joseph, Jacob’s son, had been sold into slavery as a boy by Jacob’s other sons, Joseph’s jealous half-brothers.
Over the years, GOD had watched over Joseph and made him the most powerful man in Egypt (perhaps the world)besides Pharaoh, King of Egypt.

Joseph had gotten Egypt through a famine taking place throughout Egypt and Israel and as a reward Pharaoh allowed Joseph to bring his entire family (father, little brother and all of those half-brothers who once hated him) into Egypt to eat, live and survive.

And when Joseph introduces his father, Jacob, to Pharaoh, this statement about his long and bitter life is what Jacob says to Pharaoh.

GOD had given Jacob miracles throughout his life. He had literally seen angels going up and down into Heaven. And he had lived a long while and seen his sons and grandchildren blessed. Yet with the same breath Jacob complains about how bitter his life has been, he complains that it hasn’t been long enough. He didn’t understand the greatness of the adventure he had been given or where his life would lead.

For Jacob is one of the names with which GOD Himself identifies Himself throughout the rest of the Bible. “The GOD of Abraham (Jacob’s grandfather), Isaac (Jacob’s father) and Jacob.” So great were the lives and adventures of these three that GOD and those who had faith in Him until this very day name those names and claim that the GOD Who could be trusted to overcome any trial and work miracles for them is just as trustworthy today.

You and I are pilgrim passengers through Life today. Do you know where your trip is taking you? Do you know where your eternal soul will get off when your body can carry you no further?

JESUS Christ has prepared a place for you. He has an adventure for you to live in this Life, if you are willing to trust your Life to Him, and He has purchased with His own Life, death and resurrection a trip Home to be with GOD the Father forever when this adventure is over.

Because we see only part of the train tracks now, it sounds insane to trust that there is greater light on the other side of the tunnel than the light we have seen on this side of the tunnel. So we want to make up our own itineraries though we have no knowledge and very little control over where the train of life is taking us. But JESUS, Who came from the Father and is the only One Who has gone beyond the tunnel of death and returned to bring us with Him through it to eternal Life, knows. He has done all that needs to be done. He is all we need, if we will abandon the heavy baggage of our own ways which only lead us off track and give ourselves over to Him.

Then the Holy Spirit becomes the conductor of our hearts, helping us day by day to follow JESUS Home.

The Glory Train is waiting. The cost is your life of a dead end track in exchange for a never ending adventure that seems heavy and frightening until you realize the destination and that the Father Himself brings you there.

All aboard!


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