|Time Of Christ: Making A Straight Path
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
Making a highway straighter is often a hard task. The time it takes a person to dig up a stump, and remove fallen trees out the straight path. One also has to grade the path down to add gravel, stepping-stones, cement or pavement to keep it from being slick. The road must be graded down to have a place to put the stones, gravel, cement or the pavement. Anyone walking in the countryside knows there are no straight paths to walk on. Most roads are curvy, rocky, narrow, or open wide. Seldom is one straight though. If a person goes to the city, he/she will find all kinds of straight roads. Go to the mountains and one will be lucky if they do not find a few clefs that need a bridge and logs in the road that blocks one path. The roads in the city are straight for convenience, but you might need a man hole cover, bridge, and/or one might find a few curves in outer region of the center point of it. On any road one might find a sign that say detour ahead, or watch the dip in the road, but only certain place will one see falling rocks, some type of animal crossing, and school bus stops. One might find a mile marker sign or how far to the next stop, rest stop sign and fuel pit stop sign along the road. One might see flashing lights, no lights, stop signs, yield to right away, and a few other signs that says caution. The point is no road is perfect or without warnings, stops, or cautions. Yet a straight road has its advantages, one can see far and wide unless entering a tunnel, going through trees or fixing to go over a hill. Going through a body of water might be murky, or clear. Yet whether one can see has no bearing on how one travels, only who is driving the vehicle of transportation that matters, if God your pilot or your copilot. If Godís your pilot the road is always straight, never worry about the terrain. All you have to do is go along for the ride, because He is able to level the mountains and make one pathway smooth with no fillers in the road.
There is a point to this message this morning when one talks about making oneís road straight it takes a human much time and effort, but Godís way and it only takes an act of repentance. Godís road is straight and all others are curvy, and rocky filled with potholes, rocks, trees and clefs along life road. All people travel the road of life but not all travel the pathway of God. Everyone has a mountain and a valley they must travel through, some find rocks, trees and so forth in the road. Some find cautions signs, and pit falls, but the treasured stops are the fill up and rest areas. What goes in must come out theory then can be applied. Yet it also means a break. After all spending time with friends, family or just a stranger means a new story to hear or tell. Sharing one lifeís little ups and downs only warns others what ahead in the road or helps them avoid it all together with a detour, the road we dig and pave for others is the road that can be either windy, or straight. If one leads a life to Christ one will be leaving a straight and narrow path to find. If one leads a crooked, with many things to clear, then one is laying a road for destruction to those that follow in your path of life who never find the straight and narrow.
John the Baptist was making a roadway to Jesus. Yet God designed that road before Jesus ever came to be by prophetic word. John preached repentance the road of conviction of sin. With sin levels the mountain of sin by the hand of God, the path is made straight and road to God is easily seen. The only road that is available to be taken in order to be saved from the wrath of God to come, is receiving Jesus, as Lord will give you seal that will mark you has his child, even when your road is not always straight. Marked has his kid, God desires one to walk the straight path, but he knows life will have itís twist and turns. The easy way is the straight path; the rough road is not following Godís way. There is a road straight to salvation it called repentance to God, and with the mark of His Spirit on Oneís life, one have a comforter and guide.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the gift of your Son who takes away our sin debt, and makes our path straight and narrow in our road of life that has many twist and turns. In Jesus precious name, Amen.