The Narrow Path
The Narrow Path
Today Sunday, I have driven for three and a half hours across America from San Antonia to the Houston Airport. An interesting drive and I am very grateful to my Nephew Craig for taking the time to deliver me safely to the airport. The road passed through varying terrain but the point I really noticed about the trip was the long and reasonably straight road. For the amount of traffic on the road there were only two lanes and it looked very narrow. Craig had the GPS working to guide us to our destination.
There were a few times the machine tried to take us from the planned course with promises the trip could be shorter, in other words take a short cut but the Word says to follow the Lord at all times. [2 Chronicles 34:31] But Craig had an idea of the course he should take. This reminded me of the obstacles that come across our path [John 16:33] that try to take our eyes off the Lord and we then try to take our own path. [Isaiah 53:6] What may seem good in the eyes of man may not be the course the Lord wants us to take. [Jeremiah 18:12] Short cuts in our walk with the Lord could lead us from the path He has set before us. [Proverbs 5:21]
The other thing we noticed were the toll roads, we had to pay a toll to get on to the road and another toll to get off again. There may have been another route to take but the one we were on took us straight to our destination. Following Yeshua on the correct road there could be a price to pay. [John 15:18] Some have suffered much by keeping to the narrow road over the years, but not as much as the Lord did for us. Following the path of the Lord there may be things we have to give up, a life style might have to go or there may be the loss of friends who think us strange. [Matthew 10:22] Or, as some have done, paid the full cost with their lives [Acts 7:56-60] rather than deny the truth of the Word [Psalm 119:160] and the beauty of knowing Yeshua and the world to come.
The road to glory and the right hand of the Father was one Yeshua did not have to take but take it He did. [John 10:18] As we are told in scripture, He came, He suffered, He died and was buried but thankfully for us His journey did not end there. [1 Corinthians 15:4] Because He rose again to prove to all there is only one narrow road we can take to be with the Father and that is truly through Him. [John 14:6] The moment man was created He knew what His task would be and this was confirmed when Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the tree of life. [Genesis 3:1-7] Yeshua paid the highest price for our salvation. He was without sin but became sin for us. [1 Peter 2:24] Why would He do such a thing if John 3:16 was not correct in every way? All this was done for us to be able to return to the Tree of Life in the end of days. [Revelation 22:14
There is a price to pay if we follow the narrow road that God built for us. [Luke 9:57-62] There are things we have to give up when we step onto that narrow path. [Matthew 7:14] And, like a horse that wears blinkers in a race so it does not get distracted by things on its left or right and will run straight for the prize. [1 Corinthians 9:24] We too must wear our spiritual blinkers [Psalm 119:123-125] so we will run straight for the prize [2 Timothy 2:5] that the Lord has put before us, the Crown of Righteousness. [2 Timothy 4:8] As we walk that path, let us take up our cross and follow in the footsteps of Yeshua and walk not as the world walks [John 17:16] but keep our eyes firmly on the wonder of the Lord and the beauty He can bring into our lives [Matthew 6:32-33] day after day as we walk in the footsteps of the Lord along the path the Lord has set before us.
For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God, the God who girds me with strength and makes my way blameless? He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me upon my high places. He trains my hands for battle, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, and Your right hand upholds me; and Your gentleness makes me great. You enlarge my steps under me, and my feet have not slipped. Psalm 18:31-36