Planetary Travel and Disciples of Jesus

October 8, 2021

Scripture Resource Passage: Colossians 1

When believers are among those who some day travel to distant moons or galaxies, the constant truth shall remain: among all travelers in the universe God’s people chart trajectories requiring endurance and patience. We celebrate God’s provision knowing our need for endurance and patience will continue regardless of the galaxy we call home.

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Anticipating our need for spiritual provision Scripture explains we individually, possibly corporately “…[are] being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…” (Colossians 1:11). Disciples since the time of Christ have found it to be so. We celebrate!

Endurance and patience come from God flowing like a river via the Spirit. Divine strength enables all creation to find meaning and purpose through Christ. Without God’s spiritual resources we are left to our own limited abilities (John 7:37-39).

Consider your life in comparison to cataclysmic changes occurring in the world’s communities. Recently, states of the western United States were literally turning the sky red with fire as lives were lost, forests burned and buildings destroyed. No nation or country escapes the escapades of nature. Care for a volcano anyone?

Fires likewise are raging in the nation of Greece. Revolution-like events occur in Afghanistan. Syria remains in turmoil. South Sudan and Myanmar suffer profound political turmoil. Venezuela continues experiencing wild inflation. Haiti has widespread devastation because of earthquakes followed by devastating storms.

If you are a disciple of Jesus, living in these or any of the other myriad places where turmoil is the coin of life, how might your need for patient endurance be amplified? Simply put: food, clean water and supporting your family can be very spiritual matters.

Life Applications

How do you celebrate God’s provision of spiritual strength?

Among the family challenges you face as a disciple, which of them require strong habits of patient endurance?

Are there circumstances which currently diminish your spiritual tenacity?

Are you pursuing life-time tasks which require specialized endurance or training?

I look forward to seeing your comments and suggestions. Thank you for reading.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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