The Path Of Life

May 14, 2014

The Path Of Life

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11).

God wants to show you the path of life.  This verse tells us that if we find the path of life, we will experience “fullness of joy.” If that is true, and it is, you should be walking in that path.  Most people spurn God’s offer to show us the way and make their own decisions about the path of life.  Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Decisions you make today may have an impact over the rest of your life.  If you make a serious mistake, it isn’t always easy to correct it.  Sometimes there is no way of turning back to take another path.  For that reason, you should take advantage of the promise of God to show you the path of life.  Let’s take a serious look at the path that God has marked out for us.

First we should take into consideration who it is that has offered to show us the path of life.  It is none other than God himself.  He is all wise.  He doesn’t make mistakes.  “God is love.” (I John 4:8).  He wants the best for us.  There is no reason why we can’t trust him.

Now let’s take a careful look at the path.  Matthew 7:13-14 tells us something about it.  “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:    Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” The words “strait” and “narrow “ mean almost the same thing.  Jesus is telling us that it’s not an easy road.  We need to point out that the word “strait” doesn’t mean the same as the word “straight.” The word “strait” has the idea of a small door that you might have to stoop over to enter.

Jesus has reference to the entrance to the Christian life.  He says there are few who find it.  The entrance is difficult because it demands that we humble ourselves and confess that we are sinners.  There needs to be repentance and a willingness to forsake the broad way that leads to destruction.  In Mark 1:15 we read that Jesus said “Repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

After we enter, we don’t always find that the path is easy.  In John 16:33 Jesus told us “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”  The path of life is not all drudgery and pain.  There is often sunshine, joy and blessing.  No, it’s not an easy road, but God has promised to give us victory.   In the end we will come out on the side of the winners.  In John 14:1-3 Jesus said we should not let our hearts be troubled.  “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.    In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

The path of life is well lighted.  Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  When God delivered his people from slavery in Egypt, he went before them as a pillar of light, but it was darkness to the enemy in pursuit of them (Exodus 14:19-20).  God’s Word shows us how we should walk in the way.

The path of life is a healthy life.  It isn’t that we never have any health issues, but we have a lot less than those who abuse their bodies by means of a sinful life style.  A clear conscience contributes to peace of mind and much less stress. II Corinthians 7:1 says, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

God promises to give us fullness of joy as we walk in his way.  The measure of joy we have depends on our relationship with God.  If we love someone, it’s a joy to spend time with him or her.  If we love God, we want to please and glorify him.  Keeping his commandments isn’t grievous.  Jesus said “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Those who are in the way that leads to destruction can’t understand how we can have joy walking in God’s way.  They say, “But, there are so many restrictions! There are so many things you can’t do!  We find it so much easier in our way.” They think it must be boring to walk in God’s way.  To the contrary, the obedient Christian is content and hardly knows what it is to be bored.

We don’t merit entrance to heaven’s gate by being faithful and obedient in the path of life.  We enter solely by the merits of Christ.  Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:   Not of works, lest any man should boast.” We are motivated to be faithful  to our Savior because he has promised us rewards   in heaven.  Ephesians 2:10 says that the good works come after salvation.  “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

I Corinthians 2:9 tells us that we aren’t capable of comprehending the greatness of the things God has prepared for those who love him.  “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” Hebrews 10:35-37 gives us the promise of rewards.  “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.” Jesus said, in Revelation 22:12 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

I invite you to join me on the path of life.  No matter where you are, the gate that opens to the path is ever before you.  It is by means of humbling yourself and coming to God as a repentant lost sinner, asking God for forgiveness and the privilege of being one of his children.  It is a prayer that God always answers. We may never have occasion to meet on the path of life, but we will meet on the streets of gold in that fair city called heaven.  I want to meet you there.

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