From the Pastor: Perseverance II
As we read the famous book "The Pilgrim's Progress" one striking feature
stands out: at point after point along the King's Highway the sides of
the road are strewn with casualties. We see this in the Valley of the
Shadow of Death, the Doubting Castle, the victims of the monster
Apollyon, and the dropouts at the hill "Lucre" where Demas lived, and
many other places along the way. Bunyan in his deep knowledge of
experience knew the powerful seductions which entice people away from
walking the path leads to life.|
In many places in Scripture the Christian life is described as a path or
highway. One is Isaiah 35:8-9, which describes a road, "The Highway of
Holiness", on which the redeemed of the LORD travel, and no others.
There the promise is sure: "the ransomed of the LORD will return, and
come with joyful shouting to Zion", Isaiah 35:10. It is true that like the
Sydney-Melbourne marathon, many will start, but only some will finish.
At the start all seem fit and energetic, full of enthusiasm, but the
gruelling demands of the highway sort them out.
In the highway journey of the Christian life there are many, many
hazards: of temptations, of traps for the unwary, doubts, worldly
attractions, and provocations, to name a few. To all the warning is
given: take note of the casualties and be on your guard! The casualties
are for a warning to each and every traveller.