Pathways, Promises and Prayer

Scripture

A road may seem straightforward, yet end as the way to death.  (Proverbs 14. 12  REB; see also, Proverbs 16. 25)

Make straight tracks for your feet, and straighten your ways. Do not incline to the right or to the left; rather turn away your foot from an evil way…  (Proverbs 4. 26-27  NETS)

People who respect Yahweh, what of them? He teaches them the way they must choose.  (Psalm 25. 12  NJB; revision mine)

Reflection

Ultimately, and most importantly of all, Christ Jesus is “the way, and the truth, and the life.” (cf. John 14. 6) And the Lord said rather ominously, “the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7. 14  ESV) So we know (or should know) that we are saved only by grace through faith in Christ, and filled with His Spirit — the Spirit of Life and Light and Truth — the very Spirit of the living God.

However, how often do we stop to think that as members of His Kingdom, in and through Jesus the Christ, God has laid out a unique pathway for each of us to walk? This is the same as to say that He has an authentically special plan for each of us individually. If we have not thought about this, then it’s likely we’re not walking that unique path for our lives. If we have thought about this, then the question is: Are we faithfully walking that path?

Even as redeemed, Spirit-filled children of God it is all-too-easy to become distracted and led astray by the Enemy (or merely by our own self-focused thinking!) But the Word of God is clear: The end of any path other than the one upon which God has set our feet is destruction. No, it may not mean the loss of eternal salvation, but it will certainly mean a fruitless, futile life. And this is not what we want from our life in Christ Jesus.

Prayer

Lord God, the Everlasting One, we humbly come before You, bowing in Your glorious presence, thanking You first and foremost for our redemption in and through Your only-begotten Son, our Savior, Jesus the Christ. We praise You and thank You, Abba Father, for filling us with Your all-holy, good and life-giving Spirit, even as we pray for Your continued guidance and direction. Guide our footsteps faithfully along the path that You have set before, granting us strength and courage with every step we take, ever bearing in mind that we walk not alone but with the Good Shepherd, who promised never to leave or forsake us; even Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose most precious, powerful, holy and altogether beautiful Name we pray. Amen.

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