Stay on the Path
Posted on August 20, 2018 by Graeme Wilson in Victory Call
Recently, I went on a hike with my son and his family. We followed a path along the Genesee River in the Letchworth State Park. We had to keep repeating the phrase, “Stay on the path,” to my 3-year-old grandson. Why was this so important? On one side of the path, there was a forest. And, on the other side was a 300-foot drop to the river, rapids, and falls. It was scary because, who knows where the curiosity of a 3-year- old will take him? It’s a good thing that he was obedient when reminded to be careful.
Everyone follows a path in life. God’s advice to His people is, “Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask for the ancient paths and where the best road is. Walk in it, and you will live in peace.” (Jeremiah 6:16 GNT) The sad part is that the last sentence of the verse says, “But, they said, “We will not.” There are many people today who will not follow God’s path because they say it is old-fashioned. They do not see or do not care that God and His path are relevant today. They want to follow their own path. No matter what they think, that path will lead to destruction.
Happily, there are others who do follow God’s path that leads to peace. He promises to direct our path (Proverbs 3:5,6) if we trust Him with all our hearts and remember Him in everything we do. But, even when we acknowledge His path as the one we want to follow, distractions come to take us off the path. That is why God has to constantly remind us “as a 3-year-old,” “Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left. Turn your foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4: 25-27)
Are you walking and staying on God’s path?
Written by Denise Zambrano: Denise loves to teach the Bible and sing. She teaches a women’s Bible study and a high school Sunday School class. Along with her daughter, Linda, she is an advocate at A Baby’s Breath (a crisis pregnancy center). She loves being a grandmother to Tim, Becky, Alexander, and William (who is with Jesus). She was a missionary with Radio Station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador for 35 years.
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