Beloved: Grace and Peace
Elkmont Baptist Church
Dearest and Beloved
Walking on the Right Path
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. At work they tell us, "keep eyes on path." We are prone to read papers or do other things when we are walking from one meeting to another. If we fail to keep our eyes on the path, it is possible that we will trip and fall.
Grace to you.
I can't seem to get away from these verses also: "Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips have kept
It is also possible to trip and fall spiritually. Consider Psalm 17:4-5: "Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept
the paths of the destroyer.
Hold up my goings in thy paths,
my footsteps slip not." It is possible to stray into
paths that lead to destruction. It is a good prayer to ask our Lord to hold our goings in His paths and keep our footsteps from slipping.
"He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake" (Psalm 23:3). His paths lead us into righteousness, walking by faith. David prayed, "Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths" (Psalm 25:4). He tells us that "[a]ll the paths of the LORD
mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his
testimonies" (Psalm 25:10). If we are following Him, we will be merciful and will be following the truth.
Proverbs 3:6 tells us, "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." By acknowledging Him (knowing Him), we will ask Him to hold our goings in His path and ask Him for direction.
Keep your eyes on path. Not bad advice.
Speaking of a time to come, Isaiah 2:3 says, "And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." God's people will want to learn His ways and walk in His paths.
Speaking of a time about 100 years before Jerusalem's destruction (and possibly a time similar to our own), Isaiah 2:12 tells us, "
my people, children
oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause
they that shall be
of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the
foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in" (Isaiah 58:12). We pray that Isaiah 58:12 is speaking of us and our families, and that God is using us to restore the paths to dwell in.
Jeremiah 6:16 tells us, "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where
the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your
souls. But they said, We will not walk
We must stop, stand, see, ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk there. And we shall find rest for our souls. (That path leads us to Jesus.)
One verse I have tried to teach my girls is Proverbs 28:26: "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered." Contrary to this, most movies, even family-friendly movies, usually have someone who appears wise advising someone to trust their own heart.
the paths of the destroyer. Hold up my goings in thy
my footsteps slip not" (Psalms 17:4-5). The paths of the destroyer are all
around us. It is by the words of our Lord's lips that we are kept from those paths. Remember the Lord Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide
the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many
the gate, and broad
there be which go in thereat: Because strait
the gate, and narrow
the way, which
leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). Strait or narrow is the way that leads to life. Wide or broad is the way that leads to destruction. At least it is easy to see that the easy way leads to destruction, the paths of the destroyer.
Paul tells us that we should walk, "Holding forth the word of life;" (Philippians 2:16a). We should be holding forth the word of life as a lamp before us for, "Thy word
lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119:105). "But the path of the just
as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day"
(Proverbs 4:18). As we hold forth the word as a lamp unto our feet and path, when we only have one step at a time, if we are on the right path, it will become clearer and clearer, not darker and darker.
Solomon became king when he was somewhere around 19-21 years old, and at the beginning he was wise enough to pray: "And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I
a little child: I know not
to go out or come in. . . . Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?" (1 Kings 3:7, 9).
Let us ask our God for wisdom and an understanding heart and hold forth His word as our lamp and guide. How else can we stay from the paths of destruction?
Proverbs 2 speaks of the paths: "Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; . . . None that go into her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life. That thou mayest walk in the way of good
, and keep the paths of
the righteous" (Proverbs 2:13, 19-20). His paths are paths of uprightness, and it is possible to stray into the ways of darkness. God's paths are paths of life and righteousness. These are the way of good men.
Speaking of wisdom, Proverbs 3:17 tells us, "Her ways
ways of pleasantness, and
in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful" (Colossians 3:15). The peace sign is given to us to know when we are on the right path.
to err, and destroy the way of thy paths." What we might learn from this is that we
all her paths
peace." In Colossians Paul tells us, "And let the peace of God rule
men should lead our familes and be willing to chasten our children from love.
- a series compilation