Daily Devotion Wednesday, October 2

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 – Psalm 70; 2 Kings 18:9-25; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and Matthew 7:13-21

Matthew 7:13-21 – 13“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

This morning I’m imaging that I’m making plans to go on a long trip. Now before me is the map of the world and I see many, many roads on this map. Many look like they’ll lead to really exciting places. Then I notice one road that looks difficult to navigate, is very narrow, but seems to lead to the most wonderful place of all. Which road will I choose, the hard and difficult one, the one that leads to the most wonderful place of all or one of the many roads that lead to what seems to be an exciting place.

When in High School and College, I did my best to steer clear of difficult courses; foreign languages, higher math and take courses that were easier for me, yet got me my degree. Looking back, I wish I’d challenged myself more early on. I didn’t want to risk failure. I wanted to succeed. In the end I did have to take foreign languages and ancient ones at that; Hebrew and Greek. Maybe if I’d studied another foreign language; Spanish, German or French I would have done better at studying Hebrew and Greek.

I can’t change the past, but I can change now and the future.

Friends, before us is today. This day, like every other ones, will offer us many paths to travel. Some will lead to a deepened relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ others will lead to life today and today only. The one offers us real life. The others end up taking from life.

The question I ask myself is; am I willing to take the narrow and hard path that leads to real life or will I choose another? Which will it be this day?

O Lord, I think of how you chose the difficult path of the Via Delarosa, the way of the cross. May I be willing to take the narrow path today, the path that leads to real life for me and others. Thanks be to you, O Lord. Thanks be to you, O God. Amen.

Psalm 70 – Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”

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