“I’m God-commissioned. So I greet you with the great words, grace and peace! We know the meaning of those words because Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world we’re in by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins. God’s plan is that we all experience that rescue. Glory to God forever!” [Galatians 1:3-5 MSG]
“God charts the road you take.” [Psalm 1:6a MSG]
I really love the verbiage of these two verses. I think I might be an English language arts teacher, because I find myself obsessed with rockin’ verbs. The action words in these two verses paint a really sweet canvas in my head.
Commissioned. Rescued. Charts. These words all three have a connection to water. As I meditate on them, I picture three different aspects.
Verb number one reminds me of the Navy. Like being accepted into the Navy, God has commissioned us to be apart of a trained group of individuals. It is a high honor to be part of the Naval Commissioning Program and there are certain requirements that are needed in order to even apply. Just as there are requirements to enter this program, God requires much of us as commissioned believers. We must count the cost in following Jesus. Is it worth it? Absolutely!
The next verb used reminds me of being lost at sea. If you’ve ever been lost at sea, well, I’m sorry. That would suck. When a person is left to swim out on the open water, they are susceptible to many dangers: storms, sea creatures, and I assume you’d get tired of treading water pretty quickly. You need many things – food, water, energy, (a boat would be nice…), but the real thing you need is to be rescued. The pure joy that being a follower of Jesus brings is that he has rescued us from the sheer fate of being lost at sea. Paul states that Jesus rescues us from the evil of this world. When the sharks are swarming around our feet, waiting to devour a piece of fresh meat, God plucks us from the water and puts us on dry land. What a savior!
The last verb that strikes me has to do with adventure and exploration. Hundreds of years ago, when what was on our earth was still a mystery, explorers set out on uncharted waters to find new lands and see opportunities of better life somewhere other than where they were living. It was dangerous, daring, and downright dubious whether they would return alive! I love this parallel! As followers of Christ, we are exploring territory we’ve never seen before. It feels unsafe at times, we often have to step out of our comfort zones, and we take a great risk in believing what we do. We may even feel like we are lost, with the ocean encompassing us on all sides. Nevertheless, God charts our path. He knows where we came from, where we are, and where we’ll go. The cool thing about this verb “chart,” is that it also means there’s a plan. He not only keeps track of where we are, but he has planned the way for us. What relief we can feel that through danger and doubt, we are on a predetermined path created by the most high God. Awesome? Yes.
All glory to our commissioner, our rescuer, and our road map!