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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 20:47:43 -0300
Forthright Magazine
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Straight to the Cross


FINAL PHASE

From Strength to Strength
  by J. Randal Matheny, editor

Traveling is tiring. As helpful as modern contraptions
like the automobile and airplane are, taking a trip
still tuckers me out!

Psalm 84 presents the traveler going up to the temple
in Jerusalem to participate in one of the feasts.

"They go from strength to strength, till each appears
before God in Zion" (Psalm 84:7 NIV).

By extension, the verse above has something to say to
the Christian who walks toward eternity and the
presence of God.

First, the objective of our seeking is God himself. We
want to present ourselves before him, putting our
lives at his service, living in his shade, enjoying
fellowship with him. Zion is where God "lives," where
his presence may be known, the place of revelation. In
obedience, in the body of Christ, in our devotion to
him, we will find God waiting for us.

Second, instead of getting tired during the trip, the
traveler acquires greater and greater strength. The
phrase "from strength to strength" may mean one of two
things.

One, that each day a new strength comes to allow him
to continue his journey toward God -- his strength is
renewed daily.

Or it may mean that his strength grows with each step
he takes. It might even mean both, do you suppose?
(Compare 2 Corinthians 3:18, "from glory to glory,"
and John 1:16, "grace upon grace.")

Third, this journey is a real possibility for
everyone. "Each" will appear before God. No traveler
need fall by the wayside. No one will be forced to
drop out while the others step their way to the final
destiny.

This doesn't mean it's impossible to fall from God's
grace and lose one's salvation. It does mean that
every person who begins the journey and perseveres
will find strength to complete it.

It's good to know that, as tired as I may feel when I
travel, it's always possible to reach my goal of
arriving in God's presence.

What a celebration that will be when I get there!

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