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Saturday, May 24, 2008


Two days ago a tornado ravaged Windsor, Colorado, a community about two hours north of our Colorado Springs home. A few years ago I spoke at a golf outing in Windsor, and more recently preached several Sundays for a church near Windsor. What was a community of upscale homes then is a devastated community today. The tornado struck without warning and ripped many houses asunder. It shattered lives as well as structures.

The Bible warns that we do not know what a day may bring forth. No one in Windsor knew at break of day that a tornado would strike at noon. And no one knows right now what might happen one minute from now. Life’s uncertainty, therefore, should persuade us to live every moment with faith in the Lord. Unbreachable security is found in Him alone.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


I have never met a tunnel I liked, and I have met a few of them. The Holland and Lincoln Tunnels pass under the Hudson River and link New Jersey and New York City. The Baltimore Tunnel stretches under Baltimore Harbor. The Eisenhower Tunnel is the highest vehicular tunnel in the world. It crosses the Continental Divide in Colorado at an average elevation of 11,112 feet.

Almost as soon as I enter a tunnel I look for light at the other end. A long, dark tunnel simply doesn’t enthrall me.

We all pass through dark “tunnels” when we experience trials. Some are shorter than others, and none are pleasant. We may accept them as inevitable, but we hope to find light at the end of each one. Job entered a long tunnel when Satan targeted him for grim trials. He must have thought the tunnel would never end when in the midst of his severe trials he received advice from his wife to “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). But he kept on trusting God and continued his search for light at the end of the tunnel. It arrived in the form of a revelation of God that caused Job to see both God and himself more clearly than ever (38:1—42:6). Beyond the trials Job was doubly blessed by an all-wise and all-loving God (12-17).

The Rapture may occur in our lifetime, but if it doesn’t, each of us will experience life’s darkest trial, but even then light will shine at the end of the tunnel. We will see the light of heaven—the light of Jesus’ face.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Life Is a Journey

Memorial Day will arrive soon, and many Americans will observe it at state parks, camping sites, ballparks, and backyard barbecues. Getting to destinations beyond home will cost more this year. Gas costs almost $4 a gallon. If you hit the open road for Memorial Day, you may want to reduce your speed and choose a less distant destination in order to save fuel.

Life itself is a journey. We can choose to make it successful, or we can choose to turn it into a colossal waste of time. The difference depends on whether we pursue the path God has set for us or go our own way. Proverbs 3:6 counsels us to acknowledge God in all our ways, and promises, “he will make your paths straight.” But Proverbs 14:12 warns: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

Anchor, Haven Ministries’ devotional guide, is dedicated to helping readers find and follow the path God has prescribed. I wrote Anchor’s June issue, titled “Travel Tips for Life’s Journey.” If you have the opportunity to read the 30 devotionals next month, I hope you will find each one inspiring, encouraging, and beneficial.

May you enjoy a close walk with God today!