Stay in the Path!

Paths have become paths because people have usually find them reliable. A good guide will lead us on safe paths. We are warned not to get off the beaten path. When that warning is not heeded, there are very apt to be regrets. We walk a path from cradle to grave; it’s the path of life. On this path, we come to some forks in the road. To go off the path, we might never find our way back. We may be granted another opportunity to get back on the “straight and narrow” path. However, there is no guarantee. Jesus warned: ….broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.” (From Matthew 7:14). It pays to listen to our Guide! Many, many, years ago, Amos was inspired to ask: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Our Guide is Christ! His guidebook is God’s Holy Word! There is a phrase in I John 1:7 that informs us that: “….if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with Another.” In other words we are in harmony with our Guide. His “Giudebook” is 100%accurate and reliable. Psalm 119:101 speaks of the wisdom of following our Guide: “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Thy Word.” Psalm 119:105 explains why we need to follow the Guidebook: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Jesus will only go off the path to rescue us, and only if it’s not too late to rescue us. if we receive Him as our Guide (Savior and Lord) and follow in His steps, we’ll reach the right destination. If we don’t get on and stay on the right path, we can expect to end up lost forever! A wise person will pay attention to and follow His directions! In the hymn, “Follow, Gladly Follow,” Anna Richards reminds us: “Follow the steps of Jesus, follow ev’ry day; turn not aside nor falter, keep the narrow way. Jesus the meek and lowly walked thro’ life below, marking a beaten pathway, O in that pathway go. Oft on a lonely mountain; oft ‘neath olive’s (tree) shade, Jesus your great Example, King and Saviour prayed. Now in His footsteps follow, lead a life of pray’r, He is a home preparing, you shall His glory share. Helping the weak and weary, Christ your Saviour went, seek now to be His stewards on His work intent. Seek out the heavy hearted, seek the lost one too; follow the steps of Jesus, do what He’d have you do. O follow, follow gladly, in the path your Lord has trod, He is your light by day and night, He leadeth you to God; O follow, follow gladly, there are blessings on the way; turn not aside, but watch your Guide, Who leads you to endless day.” Selah! Following Jesus each step of the way leads to that perfect Home!   Ron

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