Understanding the Journey

Life’s Answers

Life is full of difficulties and hardship, and more so for some then for others. Trying to understand these difficulties and face these hardships leads many to question the purpose for life. Of course, the Bible provides the answers to these questions, assuming man is honest enough with himself to accept them.

Providence is 20/20

Considering Hindsight

There is a common expression: “Hindsight is 20/20”. This expression describes the great clarity of detail surrounding events when viewed from one in the future looking into the past versus a less clear picture of known details in the midst of an event. The use of “20/20” is a term associated with vision, describing crispness and clear vision.

Life is Fleeting

Alexander the Great

In the account of the life of Alexander the Great recorded by the ancient writer Plutarch, the great exploits of this man are told. One of the first to conquer the “four corners” of the known world at still a young age, a story is told and has become tradition of Alexander’s realization of this accomplishment. It is said that, after looking from the peak of a mountain at the kingdom that was his that stretched for as far as the eye could see, he wept for “there were no more worlds to conquer.”

A Leap of Faith

A Foolish Term

Over the last few hundred years, a term has become common within “religious studies” describing faith: The Leap of Faith. This idea describes faith in God as being a passive act, without proof or knowledge, required by man in order to receive the blessings of God. This leap is simply that – a jump into the spiritually “unknown”, trusting that God will take care of the rest. While the concept of grace involves receiving an unearned gift, and a trust in God through obedience to grant that gift, the idea of a leap of faith is Biblically incorrect.

The Weight of the World

A Common Expression

There is an expression that is commonly used, saying that someone “has the weight of the world on their shoulders.” This expression conveys the idea of someone so weighed down with great concerns it is an almost overwhelming burden. It is possible that this expression came from the ancient Greek mythological story of Atlas, who (depending on the account) was bound to carry the world, the sky, or the heavens on his shoulders.