Travel Bravely

Chic Broersma

Read: Psalm 112

He will not fear bad news. (v. 7)

“How ya doin’?” I asked the lady who cleans the condo unit next to ours. “Good,” she answered. Then added, “My mom did die last week.” I said, “I’m sorry.” She said, “It’s OK, she’s at peace. My brother and sisters aren’t though. They’re not believers.”

For unbelievers death ends dear relationships. In contrast, when you hope in the Lord, even death is not the end. You anticipate the joyful reunion God promises. Until then, our Good Shepherd provides all we want or need to complete our journey from earth to heaven. Our goal is, like the cleaning lady, to travel with a steadfast heart avoiding a fearful and wavering heart through the grace God gives us.

A suggestion for keeping a steadfast heart: avoid watching much “breaking news” on TV, lest you become a “broken person.” Pictures of floods, fires, killings, and wars—the devil is happy to use all of these to make us fearful. The way to certainty and confidence is to trust in the truth of God’s unfailing Word. Let his promises provide you with a steadfast heart.

When traveling, children ask, “Are we there yet?” You and I have not finished our course. Fix your mind on God. Memorize promises such as “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you” (Isa. 26:3). Refuse to be anxious about anything and pray about everything, and “the peace of God . . . will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).

—Chic Broersma

Prayer: Lord, I will focus on Christ my Savior.