I enjoy walking in my neighborhood. At the beginning of each walk, I have a choice to make about the route I will take. Whatever route I choose will ultimately lead me to my final destination, home. The path I take will also help me accomplish a specific objective. One route is rather lengthy and will ensure that I get an excellent workout, another possible route has a few inclines and ensures cardio exercise, and then there is the short route that gives me an opportunity to be in the fresh air and sunshine and even though it is not the best route for exercise, it does give me some stress relief. There is one route, however, that gets me into trouble each time I take it, because of construction along this road. I never quite know what to expect, the road is pitted and uneven and in some places water is standing and in other places it is covered with mud. There is also a route that takes me along a highway heavily used by fast cars and trucks that often are not looking for pedestrians. I must choose wisely each time I walk if I am going to accomplish my walking objective safely and reach my final destination of home.
In our walk with Christ, we too will have to make “route” choices. Our daily objective on our “walk” with Him is to believe Him, please Him and bring glory to His name. When I first started taking my neighborhood walks, I had to depend on my own intuition and instinct. More than a few times I ended up going the wrong way. In our daily walk with Christ, we can depend on His Spirit inspired Word to give us the right direction to take. However, even though we have the right “map”, we still must make the choice to use it. We are told in Proverbs 4, to guard our steps because our very life is at stake. Stay clear of bad routes, don’t even go near them, make necessary detours if you must and be on your way, walking with Jesus.
“Dear Friend, take my advice; it will add years to your life. I’m writing out clear directions to Wisdom Way, I’m drawing a map to Righteous Road. I don’t want you to end up in blind alleys, or wasting time making wrong turns…Guard it well-your life is a stake! Don’t take Wicked Bypass; don’t so much as set foot on that road. Stay clear of it; give it a wide berth. Make a detour and be on your way.” Prov. 4:10-15 (The Message)
Walking Together, Debi