Are You Walking Your Path?

Proverbs 3:6 “In all ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight”

Life is full of ups and downs. It is full of pot holes that sometimes knock us down and think “why me”. Typically we find ourselves with a healthy balance of good and bad which helps level out our overall “happiness”.

But have you ever found yourself in a rough stretch that seems like you are getting pounded from all direction with no reprieve?

Consider this …

I believe that we all have a path laid out before us. I also believe that we have choices on the path we take. My human mind can best rationalize this by comparing it to a hike in the woods. If you’ve ever been to your local state park, then you are likely aware of the trails they offer. These trails are wide and clear, often with favorable footing (such as gravel or even pavement). You can walk or job along these paths, even bike if you so choose, and you don’t have to worry about briers or low hanging limbs. Your risk of getting poison ivy is nil if stay on the trail they have prepared. Easy walking, right? Now consider those trails to be like the trails or ‘paths’ that God has cleared out for us. While the occasional act of nature may hinder them slightly (such as a falling limb, or erosion from a rain storm), the path is quickly maintained by the park, or in our cases, God. Risk is minimal and the going is easy and enjoyable.

Now consider those of us with the adventurous nature who like to “make our own way”. While we may start on the clear trails, we find ourselves yearning to venture into the unknown. I myself am one of these, and this is a “Choice” that is within our power to make. I like to climb the hill rather than taking the wooden stairs. The problem in this, though it may be exciting and new, is that our risk increases 10 fold.

Walking off of the cleared path we are greeted with underbrush, briers, thorns, rough terrain you name it. Our likely hood of exiting the woods with scratches, scrapes, cuts & poison ivy is MUCH higher than it would have been if we’d stayed on the clear path. We have also subjected ourselves to potentially getting lost. If we stick to the paved trail, there is no chance of that, but wondering around in unmarked territory opens up a whole new risk for direction.

Protection is also a concern. If you can imagine a woman walking alone in the woods, I am much safer on a public trail with lots of eyes than I am by myself out of ear shot. To sum this up, I put MYSELF AT RISK be deviating from the clear path. It is not that God punishes me by putting briers, thorns, cliffs or lots of underbrush before me. He had put it all there long before I existed. The reality is I CHOSE to walk into them. Seeing it that way, why would I blame God for my struggles and trials that I experience by wondering off on my own accord?

I would LIKE to tell you all that walking God’s path as a Christian is as clean, simple and easy as walking a paved park path. The truth is, in this world, we will still face struggles. I find that walking God’s path IS even easier than walking that park path, but it doesn’t’ t mean that I don’t face worldly struggles. This isn’t Heaven, therefore, we are still faced with the underbrush of life that will sometimes scratch us. However, as long as we are walking on the path God has prepared for us, holding God’s hand, the scratches will be minimal, the healing will be quick, and we will arrive at our destination, Heaven.

Do not be discouraged my brothers and sisters. IF you read this and find that you are wondering around in the woods aimlessly, let God direct you back to your path . Don’t expect to tele-ported, meaning, you may still have to fight some underbrush as you work your way back. But know, that God has you, he will protect you, and your destination is that of wonder beyond anything that we as humans could comprehend.

Recommended Bible Verses about paths:

Psalms 18:36 “you provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way”

Psalms 119:105 “… Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light into my path”

Proverbs 5:6 “She gives no thought to the way of life ; her paths wonder aimlessly, but she does not know it”

Hosea 2:6 “Therefore I will block her path with thorn bushes ; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way”

Proverbs 4:14 “Do not set foot on the path of the wicket or walk in the way of evildoers”

Proverbs 15:24 “The path of life leads upward for the prudent to keep them from going down to the realm of the dead”

Ecclesiastes 11:5 “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in the mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the maker of all things”

Proverbs 15:19 “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway”

Proverbs 4:26 “Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all you ways”

Proverbs 4:12 “When you walk, your steps will not be hampered ; when you run, you will not stumble”

Proverbs 3:6 “In all ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight”

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding”

Proverbs 4:26-27 “Watch the path of your feet and all ways will be established. Do not turn to the Right nor to the left ; turn your foot from evil”

Deuteronomy 1:33 “Who goes before you on your way, to seek out a place for you to encamp, in fire by night and could by day, to show you the way in which you should go”

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