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is the Way - the only way - to life with God today and
forever. Yet, millions of seekers are choosing spiritual
paths that lead to bondage, disillusionment and despair. Most
seek blindly, for they can neither read nor follow God's signposts.
They don't see the chasm that separates His Way from Satan's way,
nor will they seek help from the only One who can bridge that
life's most significant crossroads, they pick their personal roadway for
its illusive promises and exciting power, giving little thought to the
ultimate destination. "Why follow that narrow, old road when fast,
new super-highways beckon?" taunt the voices of popular culture.
"Your way is no better than any other. Every path leads to the
same universal end: eternal bliss with a loving God."
they don't. But deception becomes the rule as the masses march along the
time-worn tracks of history. Once again, we re-live the Old Testament
age when "everyone did what was right in his own
eyes." [Judges 21:25] Few heed
God's warnings, though they seem tailor-made for our times:
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate
and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who
go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which
leads to life, and there are few who find it. Beware of false
prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are
ravenous wolves." Matthew
Way differs radically from man's way. And it makes little sense to human
nature and today's pleasure-seeking crowds. For God's way up is down.
His way to honor comes through humility. His way to joy leads through
pain. His path to life leads through death - (1) the redeeming death of
our wonderful Savior and, through our union with Him, (2) our own death
to self [the "flesh"] and sin.
purity, perseverance, a closer walk with Jesus.... The fruit of
this dying process are far greater than any suffering He calls me to
endure. Yet how often I would have chosen to walk around -- rather than
through -- those valleys of death that lead to greater life. I
know that "all things work for good," yet I still turn my eyes from my
all-sufficient Lord to the sharp rocks along the way, while my
all-too-alive human nature complains, "I didn't see these hard places on
the roadmap. What happened?"
Patiently, He answers,
thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways... For as the
heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your
55:8-9] "Trust in [Me] with all your heart, and lean
not on your own understanding." [Proverb
3:5] "Be strong in the Lord" and "press toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Ephesians
"Forgive me Lord," cries my repentant heart.
"I was foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
Nevertheless, I am continually with You. You hold me by my right hand.
You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory."
"Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.
flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever." Psalm
go on together, my Shepherd and I. Again, the path grows steep and
rocky. Well aware of my weary frame and dragging feet, My Lord
gently calls me to Himself and shows me the way to triumph over each
obstacle: "Come... Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I
am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your
souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew
gentle voice reminds me that His best way for me means sharing His path
of suffering: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny
himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires
to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake
will save it." Luke
must I "lose" to gain His best?
Anything that holds me back, weighs me down or dulls
my discernment. Any counterfeit that shifts my reliance from my
wonderful Lord to hollow substitutes. Anything that weakens my
confidence in His sufficiency. And anything that clouds my vision or
distorts my understanding of the Way.
Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to the Auka
Indians, said it well: "He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep
to gain what cannot lose."
finish my journey with Him in triumph, I willingly give Him my life and
submit to the searching, cleansing light of the Holy Spirit. On my
own, I would stumble and fall under the weight of sin and needless
burdens. But my Shepherd has freed me through the cross, and He
continues to wash away the dust and dirt from each daily journey. He has
opened my eyes and filled me with His life, and I want no part in the
lures that blind and the lusts that captivate. I would be a fool to
trade my precious liberty for the world's captivity.
many walk," warns Paul, "of whom I have told you often, and now
tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross
of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly,
and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly
things. For our citizenship is in heaven...." Philippians
am tempted to stray from His path, I trust that He will draw me back to
Himself. For He has told me, "Your ears shall hear a word behind you,
saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' whenever you turn to the right
hand or... to the left." Isaiah
can I respond to His kind assurance and priceless promises? I will
echo the words of David, His beloved psalm writer,
You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in You....
Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God
of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day." Psalm
you join me on this narrow road? You won't be sorry. For "blessed
are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the
light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all day long" for
"You are the glory of their strength." Psalm
"Therefore... let us lay aside every weight, and the
sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race
that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of
our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of
"Precious Lord, take my
hand. Lead me on, help me stand...." You alone can point me to the
true eternal life of unending peace and joy. Whenever I begin to turn
to the right or to the left, please point me back to your goal. Remind
me to follow your bright beacons of truth - the special road signs
that lead your people safely along your paths. Thank You, beloved
Shepherd, my one and only Way.
Proverbs 3:5-7; Psalms
25:1-5, 8-9, 12; 37:5, 23-24; 86:11;
55:8-9; Jeremiah 21:8; Ezekiel 33:8-9, 17;
11:28-30; Luke 9:23-24; Hebrews 12:1-3.
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