So far in my lifetime, I have seen God change the path, narrow the path, redirect the path around obstacles, and clear the path of debris. There have been hills and valleys along the way. There have been areas of steady incline that seemed to go on for so long they should have had one of those warning signs you see on the roadway…SLOW…Steep Grade Ahead. There have been curves along the way that would cause a major league pitcher to take notice.
God never promissed us an easy path…
Acts 14:22(NKJV) strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 7:14(ESV) For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
He promissed to be there for us…
Proverbs 3:6(AMP) In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Psalms 119:105(ESV) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path
1 Peter 4:12-13(MSG) Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
And guide us…
Psalms 116:11(AMP) You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore
Psalms 32:8(NKJV) I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
Isaiah 30:21(MSG) Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job, urging you on whenever you wander left or right: “This is the right road. Walk down this road.”
During your journey, when your tongue is so parched it feels like sand paper, God will provide His living water and when your bones feel like they can no longer continue, He will provide the needed respite. He will put up hedges, when necessary, to keep you from straying off the path and He will frequently remind you of the wedding feast that awaits at the end of your journey.
Remember…God has gone before us and interpreted “the best way to traverse a landscape”…We simply need to stay on the path.