Sidetracked Saints

We who are born again move through life on a narrow path. Jesus spoke of this in Matthew 7:14: “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Few find it because it is so narrow! They see it as restrictive, confining, demanding and just plain too hard and do not enter. Those who do enter have to keep their eyes upon the path and the goal. This is what the Psalmist seems to have had in mind in Psalm 119:105: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” The Apostle John’s reference to walking in the Light underscores the same truth. However, it is so easy to have our attention drawn away from the light and we get sidetracked. When we get away from the Word of God, we stumble into darkness. We need to get back on track! Many are the ways that Satan distracts us from the Light. Only a firm commitment to stay in the Light, no matter what, will keep us from the enemy’s snares. It’s a wonderful discovery that, instead of being caught in different traps, we have a wonderful freedom. (It may take some time and even difficult circumstances to realize the freedom that is ours; nevertheless, it will happen). The hymn: “Stepping in the Light,” by Eliza E. Hewitt follows this same theme: “Trying to walk in the steps of the Savior, trying to follow our Savior and King; shaping our lives by His blessed example, happy, how happy, the songs that we bring. Pressing more closely to Him Who is leading, when we are tempted to turn from the way; trusting the arm that is strong to defend us, happy, how happy, our praises each day. How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior, stepping in the light, stepping in the light; how beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior, led in paths of light.” Selah! Satan’s traps exact a heavy toll; “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18).    Ron

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