Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.
These words are inscribed in the upper left corner of artist Paul Gauguin’s famous painting about life and human existence. Translated to English, the words mean: “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?”
When we look to the Bible for answers, the life of Joseph gives us a classic illustration of what it means to know our origin, purpose and destiny. Joseph fully understood that he belonged to God, just as his father did, and his father before him, and his father before him. His life was marked by the belief that God would come to his aid, not renege on His promises, and in the end, gather him up into His presence. It’s a good reminder to be steadfast in our faith, knowing that God will come to our aid, regardless of our circumstance. The world will always make way for a man or a woman who knows who he or she is and knows where he or she is going.
In the final verses of Genesis, Joseph holds firm to God’s promise to deliver His people “up out of this land.” Dying, Joseph neither glorifies his past nor concerns himself with divvying up his assets, but instead remains focused only on the promises God made to Abraham and the purposes of God for His people. In death, Joseph sustains the conviction of faith that has undergirded his life.
In a world that lives largely in fear of death, or in denial of it, the Bible is the only place to go for comfort and assurance. For those we know who are overcome with anxiety and uncertainty in relationship to death, we can only point them to the cross and share our confidence that those who believe will go safely to heaven because of God’s promise and because He is true and faithful.
So it’s important for us to share God’s Word with our college and high school age children as they spend considerable time in a world that clings to what is seen and is dismissive of what is unseen. There’s no greater legacy to leave behind than a life lived trusting the promises of God, living in the principles of God’s Word, and relying entirely on God’s grace.
Two resources we are extending to you this month may be helpful to communicate these things to the coming generation in your family. The book, Christian Worldview: A Student’s Guide, frames out for young people (and Christians of any age) how to live out what they believe. Our broadcast series, Lessons For Life, Volume 3, is a series of instructional messages taught to a college student audience on topics such as personal character, devotion, and trusting in God’s sovereignty. I hope you benefit from them both.
With my love in the Lord Jesus,
Category: Letters from Alistair