A Guide You Can Trust
In the 19th century, west of the Mississippi River, there was one name that instilled more confidence than any other—Kit Carson. His résumé explains why: 1826-1831, hunter and trapper (New Mexico, California, Rocky Mountains); 1832-1840, Army game hunter (Colorado); 1842-1846, guide for the famous Frémont expeditions to California; 1846-1847, service for the U.S. in the Mexican War conquering California; 1854, Indian agent, settling Ute and Apache tribes in New Mexico; 1865, brigadier general in Union army. While his record was not without blemishes, Kit Carson became legendary for his skill, his cunning, and his knowledge of the west.
Suppose you and your family were leaving Missouri on the Oregon Trail in the 1840’s, and you heard that none other than Kit Carson was to be your guide. What level of confidence would you have about his ability to answer your questions on the way? For instance, How long will the trip take? What dangers will there be? How do we know which way to go? How do we replenish our supplies on the way? For you, these are complex and important questions. For Kit Carson, they are questions he has answered a thousand times before. Your confidence would be sky-high.
Sky-high confidence is good for a trip cross-country, but heaven-high confidence is needed for the trip you are on to heaven—the demands are higher, the dangers more threatening, the destination more important. Fortunately, we have a guide who has made the trip successfully himself and stands ready to give us aid. Jesus has experienced every temptation that we will experience in our spiritual journey, and he overcame them all. Therefore, we are told to approach him confidently to receive the mercy and grace which we need (and he wants to give) when the road gets rough.
Jesus’ résumé is short compared to Kit Carson’s: A.D. 30-33, “learned obedience from what he suffered” (Heb. 5:8). But what he learned is what you need to know: How to persevere, how to obey the Father, how to remain holy for a lifetime. If the way ahead seems unclear to you, ask Jesus—confidently. He is a guide prepared to see you to your eternal destination.
God’s Promise to You: “There is nowhere you are going that my Son has not already been.”
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