Finding The Right Path

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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My wife, my younger brother, and I were off for a three-night, four-day camping trip in North Carolina's Great Smokey Mountains. So we conjured up Siri on our cell phone and asked for driving directions to our destination. We arrived late afternoon, but found the campground office closed. After finally locating the hosts and requesting information, we were told that we were at the wrong campground. They suggested one a little farther down the road with the same name. Here we received the same story. Wrong place. The host suggested yet another campground farther down the road, again with the same name. After three attempts, we finally discovered the campground where my wife had made reservations. This wasn't the one we preferred, but evidently, I had given her an incorrect reservations number. Finding the correct campground was essential. Had we camped at the other two, we may well have been fined. That they seemed like the correct ones mattered not.

Locating the right path in life is similar.

Proverbs 16:25 – There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. (NLT)

Several routes were available to reach our intended destination. Many locations have various paths of arrival. Not so with God. Multiple paths may be attempted, but Jesus said that only one would actually lead there — and He was it. Whether I like the course or prefer it doesn't matter. I don't make the final decision. God handles that.

The life path that I'd most prefer would be littered with good works, abundant possessions, loose living, and easy travels. While Jesus offers abundant life, His definition rarely includes any of the previous. Jesus' way involves a cross, numerous valleys, and normally only a small portion of the world's goods. Yet in the end, the reward of following Him will be greater than any temporary pleasure that I might gain from the aforementioned. Finding just any path won't do; I must uncover the right one.

Have you discovered the right path to God and His abundance?

Prayer: Merciful Lord, point us to the path that's best for us — not merely the one we might prefer. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good thought and message Martin. Thanks for writing.

    Hi Martin
    We must always read the signs correctly and choose the right path.
    Blessing to you and yours.

    Good message Martin.
    A very timely one for today.
    Psalm 119:105 -Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
    Gold bless you this coming year.

    Wow! This really hit the mark for me just now. I had breakfast with a group of retired colleagues and they were all talking about and sharing pictures and stories of recent travels. Travel is something I have always felt was a great educator and a great inspiration in life, but my husband dislikes travel to the point where he refuses to go anyplace. He has medical concerns that don’t help, but it also has to do with his belief that travel is costly, risky and one should be happy at home. I guess there’s truth both ways, but I sure have trouble with envy and with disagreeing. If I am truly thankful to God for my marriage, then I should be happy staying home! Somehow, your reflection spoke to me about that being the path the Lord wants me on for some reason, so thank you for helping me on that.

    I love this! …the road less traveled…God is good.

    Amen! Jesus is the only way to salvation, contrary to what the world wants to hear. Thanks Martin for having the courage to share this important truth.

    Amen to your prayer.

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