Monday, February 3, 2014

Travel on the right path of life.

Ps. 5:8 Lead me in the right path, O LORD, or my enemies will conquer me. Tell me clearly what to do, and show me which way to turn.

There are many paths in life to travel on; yet, there is only one right path. The path that leads to God is not a well-worn path. While all other paths are well-traveled and often overcrowded, the pathway to God is traveled on by so few. All paths that are well-traveled lead the soul away from God. All who travel on those paths are enemies of the soul.

In order to stay on the path that leads to God, we must be open to the Lord's instructions. We must constantly seek direction from Him. There are many detours along the way and if we aren't careful, we can easily get on the wrong path. Sometimes we can get derailed and find our way back, but only with great difficulty. Taking the wrong path slows us down and keeps us from reaching our destination. We must stay on the right path if we are going to be successful in making it home.

Jesus is the right path. There is no other way to make it to heaven. As long as we stay focused on Him, we won't get on the wrong path. We must let Him lead the way. If we lag too far behind Him, we will get lost. If we try to get ahead of Him, we will get lost. If we don't take His leadership seriously, we will get lost. Only when we stay in step with the Lord and follow Him will we make it.

We run into so many problems when we follow Him reluctantly. We want to compete with Him for control of our lives. We want to follow Him, but we want to do it our way. We do not want Him to be our Lord. For many of us, letting Him be our Savior is good enough. But, it is never good enough. If Jesus is not Lord, trying to follow Him is always a very difficult thing to do. We stumble and fall frequently; often getting battered and bruised in the process. We may eventually make it home, but if we do, it will be a very painful and difficult journey. There will be very little enjoyment along the way with very few victories to celebrate.

Letting Jesus be the Lord of our journey changes everything. As our Lord, Jesus makes the journey home a joyous one. There is a peace and rest for the soul that can be found nowhere else. There is confidence and boldness in the steps we take. There is certainty in our steps as we keep our eyes focused on Him. Life is good for those who let Jesus be both their Savior and Lord.

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