I remember when I was a child those occasions that my dad took my brother and me fishing. One of his favorite spots was the creek a few miles from our house. We would set up our poles on forked sticks and watch for the fish to take our bait. I remember catching nothing on one occasion and dad decided that we should try fishing on the other side of the creek. The only way to cross the creek was through the covered bridge. I didn’t realize it back then that a covered bridge would become a picturesque piece of Indiana history. They would be painted by artists, appear on calendars and puzzles and be designated as famous historical landmarks. I just knew that if we were going to catch any fish we had to cross the creek over that covered bridge.
The Bible speaks of another crossing with far more significance than catching fish or not. This crossing has to do with our eternal destiny. The Bible tells us that our sins have separated us from God and we will not be able to spend eternity in heaven with Him if we maintain that state of separation. Isaiah 59:2 says: “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear”. But there is some wonderful news in John 5:24. It says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life”. Those who believe in Christ, those who trust Him as their Savior from sin, pass from death to life. They cross over from one side to the other. They cross over to eternal life through the greatest bridge in history.
Have you crossed over? Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior? He is the only way we can get from our state of separation from God to enjoy eternal life. Believe in Him, trust in Him. He is God’s covered bridge.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation