For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11; NKJ)
I had the pleasure of viewing the movie, “The Book of Eli” twice. Initially I had no idea of what the movie was about. I didn’t recall seeing a full trailer, so I was going on blind faith of reviews from friends and associates. The first viewing was a matinee in an empty theater. The second viewing was a Saturday night in a packed house. I believe I needed to see it in silence the first time in order to appreciate it in concert. At the end of the movie people applauded, something that I have not heard in a long time. I walked away with a feeling of conviction and inspiration.
This movie showed me so much about myself. Especially how I take so many things for granted. How arrogantly I expect the luxuries of life to always be here. And more so than ever how I do not appreciate the gift that God has given us – His Word.
As believers, we are so busy quoting scriptures and telling others about themselves that we don’t take time to check ourselves. When do, we every sit down and really appreciate the beauty of the words in the Bible? The poetic movements of the Psalms, the whimsical irony of Proverbs, the painful and delicate truth of the Gospels, the historical context of the Old Testament or the road map to life in the New Testament. The bible is a book that has just become words that we claim to live by but not words that we REALLY appreciate and take to heart.
“The Book of El”i convicted and inspired me to continue on the journey that the Lord has set before me no matter the obstacles, the challenges or the dangers. Eli had a mantra that we should all adopt:
Stay focused and stay on the path
Eli’s mantra reminds me of Proverbs 3: 6
In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. (American Standard)
God has chosen us for a purpose. He will lead and guide us, if we will listen to His leading. He will guide our way clearly. We all have a destiny to fulfill on this earth. God has entrusted a particular task to each of us. We have to be careful not to get so caught up in reaching the destination that we don’t appreciate the journey.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. (John 15:16- NIV)
This film is very powerful and inspiring. The overall message that I left with was never give up on what God has chosen for you to do. You might have detoured, you might have fallen off the path, but get up! You are truly able to accomplish what has been set before you. This isn’t just for you, so many are waiting on you to complete the task at hand.