Are you a waymarker?

By Pastor Fred Gillenwater - Your pastor speaks

This last weekend in November we at Russell Road Church began celebrating advent. Advent means coming and is in reference to the birth of Jesus (first coming), but it also speaks of His second coming.

Psalm 67 begins with a prayer. “1God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah 2That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.” In Psalm 67:1-7 Israel is the only nation that was worshiping the true God. All the other nations had their own gods. The prayer here is that in seeing the true God care for Israel (Israel represents the church) the other nations would come to know God and His way may be known on earth.

In Isaiah 40:3 Isaiah prophesied to prepare the way of the Lord. God is calling His people, the church, to prepare the way of the Lord and make His way known on Earth now until Jesus, the one true God, comes back a second time for His people. His way is the only way of salvation.

Acts 4:12 says, “Nor is there salvation in any other for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Jesus is the only way of salvation. That’s why making His way known on Earth is so vital in these times we are living in. In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jeremiah 31:21 says to set up signposts (waymarkers). The word signpost means waymarker-set your heart toward the highway. I can remember reading about sailors, and one of the means for navigating was waymarkers. Sailors would use a mountain, an island, a large rock or maybe palm trees as waymarkers to assist them in direction and reaching their destiny. Jesus has left us some clear waymarkers. He told us that whenever there are broken, hurting people He would be there. Anytime someone is sick or estranged we would find Him when we tried to meet their needs. (Matthew 25) Our lives can be a waymarker to assist others in navigating their lives and reaching their destiny in God.

Proverbs 22:6 says to train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. Teaching our children is a waymarker for them and others to find their way on earth. Let’s not get so distracted by the season and all that is happening around us that we overlook what God could be doing within us and that He is concerned with us making His way known on Earth by loving our spouse in a way that demonstrates how Christ loved the church and gave himself for her, by loving our children, by loving difficult people and showing and giving them grace and mercy.

Luke 1:79 says, “To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death (referring to Jesus), To guide our feet into the way of peace.” Our God is the God of peace. We have peace with God, peace with ourselves and peace with others. Let’s walk in peace.

By Pastor Fred Gillenwater

Your pastor speaks

The writer is the senior pastor at Russell Road Church, Sidney.

The writer is the senior pastor at Russell Road Church, Sidney.