Beyond the Ridge
When we hike, we generally have a good map, showing the route, elevation changes, distances, and destination. By looking at the map, we know how many ridges are left, how many streams still to cross, and how far we have to go.
In our Christian walk, we know something about the wonders of our destination. We are warned that we’ll have trouble along the way. We are told how to think, speak, and act on our journey. We are certain we will have opportunities to serve. We realize God prepared work for us to do. We are promised guidance and help.
But we don’t know how far we have to go.
God’s word encourages us to have joy and hope in the journey, to rely on Him along the way, to persevere, and to trust Him for the unknown distance still to go.
Through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we … have hope. [It is] God who gives perseverance and encouragement … (Romans 15:4–5)
Therefore …let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)