Proper Behavior Along The Way
If you are not at home you are not truly at rest. Even when on a vacation, even for relaxation, there comes a time when we return home. How often have you heard, “I had to come home from vacation in order to get some rest.”?
Some rules for the road: “Seek good and not evil, that you may live.” We are told by Amos that then the Lord will be with you. Not a bad traveling companion. “Hate evil and love good and let justice prevail at the gate,” he says, and then the Lord will have pity on the remnant of Joseph. There is a reason why there is a plant called the wandering Jew. We are on The Way if we “let justice surge like water and goodness like an unfailing stream.” Living water – a necessity on the journey.
Jesus, while traveling, attracted to him demons in the territory of the Gadarenes. Attracted to him? Yes. The came from the tombs to meet him, he did not call them – they had a compulsion – they knew who He was. In fear and trembling they approached and asked, “What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”
The appointed time.
What will we do at our appointed time, the time when our status as tourist ends? Will we come home, recognizing the grace, the living water for which we have been willing conduits? Or will we run panicked to destruction?