Friday, June 20, 2014

DEVOTION: Are We There Yet? by Judith Robl

Focus verses:
Genesis 11:27-13:18

"Are we there yet?" Every parent who has taken a driving trip with children knows this question. The answer is easier with a stated destination and a road map showing the landmarks along the way. Without that map and those landmarks, the answer is more nebulous.

Abram set out with his father, Terah, to go from Ur of the Chaldeans to Canaan. But they didn’t go there. They stopped at Haran. Scripture doesn’t tell us when they arrived at Haran, but Abram left his father there when he was seventy-five and Terah was a hundred and forty-five years old.

Terah had set out for Canaan, but stopped short. Abram set out for “the land I will show you” and arrived at Canaan. It seems a continuation of his father’s journey. We can trace it on a map of Bible times.

There are other journeys that are harder to trace. The journey of our life has different landmarks and a different path. For some, we begin at birth, travel through youth, make a stop at marriage and parenthood, progress on to old age and finally arrive at the beginning of eternity, otherwise known as death.

The beginning of eternity can occur at any point on this “typical” journey. But our destination is the Kingdom of God. The only map we have is in this book, the Bible. We can only gauge how far we have come and how far we have yet to go by examining ourselves in light of the Word of God.

We are told several times about the Kingdom of God. Studying these landmarks will help us stay on the right path for our destination. The question is not “are we there yet?” Are we closer than we were yesterday?

Father, God,
Shine the light of Your truth on our path. Keep us faithful to the journey, walking closely in the footsteps of Jesus. Help us to grow in grace and righteousness.
In Jesus’ most precious name.

Judith Robl is the founder of Reflected Light Ministries and speaks to women’s groups about prayer, forgiveness, and drawing closer to God. Trained as a secondary level English teacher, Judith has a heart for mentoring. She and her husband, Martin, have been married forty-five years and enjoy time with their grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Her book, As Grandma Says, is a devotional gift book, incorporating her grandmother's adages with an appropriate scripture, a pertinent life lesson, and a word of prayer. Visit her at her website or on Facebook.


  1. Hi Judith, Nice to see you on this list as a blogger as well as a frequent commentor.

    1. Thank you, Alice. Since I'm not published in fiction, I feel sort of like an interloper here. But what a great group this is!

    2. The devotions are mainly written by non-fiction writers, Judith, so you fit right in. :-)

  2. Hi Judith, Thank you so much for joining our team. We look forward to many inspiring devotions from you!

    1. Thank you, Shirley, for finding this appropriate. This is such a wonderful group of writers. I stand in awe.

    2. Thrilled for your enthusiasm. Thank you again!

  3. Thank you so much for these powerful words of encouragement!

  4. Beautifully communicated, Judith. Thank you.