Divine Bread/Living Water: PRODIGALApril 30, 2017
Divine Bread/Living Water: Listening to SilenceMay 13, 2017
Matthew 7:13-14 NLT:
You can enter God's kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
adly, the road to Hell and dissappointment is one broad freeway that the majority of humans travel. So much of humanity speeds recklessly along this broad road leaving devastation in their wake. The road leading away from God is most often the path of least resistance.
The road to Heaven is the road less traveled. It is the path with thorns and stones, valleys and steep grades. It is the path that we choose to travel when we leave the freeway to nowhere and decide to follow Jesus. However, if we look closely, we can recognize the path, much of the overgrowth has been pulled aside by the weight of a dragging cross. We can find our way because God's Son dragged His cross along this path and then many who, like us, deciding to follow Him, pulled their crosses along the way. When we see the path rutted with the marks of heavy crosses, we can walk in the confidence that many have gone this way before and finished the journey.
At times, when the path gets a little wider, we can see a glimpse of the end of the journey. Abba waits and calls with any encouraging voice, "Come to Me. I know you are going to make it," and we hear Christ say, "Keep walking. I will pick you up when you stumble and even carry you when you faint." The path is narrow, often rough and steep, and the journey, by design, carefully considered. But it is the right way, the way that leads somewhere - the way that leads us home.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
The pathway of Jesus makes all the difference.
Prayer for the Day
Abba, Your love, mercy, grace, and sovereign hand sustain us through the best and the worst of life. Keep us on the road less traveled and help us understand that the way of least resistance often leads to nowhere. You hear us when we call; You help us when we fall; You even carry us when we are too weary to face another mile on the rough road. Help us rejoice that You cut the trail, and many others have completed the course before us. Thank You, that amidst all the stubble, thorns, tight spots, and steep grades, we can be sure this path leads home to where You are. Amen