How Do We Walk Out This Life Of Faith? – Of The Two Roads, Or Paths, Before Us Only One Will Bring Us The Victory We Seek!
Originally published on September 17, 2020
“You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11)
A Fictional Narrative
There was once a man who began a long journey along a pathway to what he was promised was a wonderful future destination. Almost immediately, he came upon a fork in the road. One of the ways he had to choose from seemed like a continuation of the path he had just begun on his journey. The other seemed quite familiar and comfortable to him. It reminded him of the former times before he began his journey on the path. He wondered which way he should choose? He knew his future could depend on it. Would he end up at the same destination on either path? He hesitated for a period of time to consider his options.
In the end, he chose the old familiar comfortable path that was before him. It was a well-worn path and seemed to be the right choice. Most of the other travelers were going this way as well. However, once he started down this path the sky darkened and he had to make his way uphill along what had become a rocky path. There were also dangers along the way that gave him great fear. He pushed forward along the way showing great determination even though things had become very difficult. The other travelers he came across on his journey assured him that he was on the right path. They encouraged him to just try harder and to overcome his fears and the difficulties by persevering despite the troubles.
“Are you so foolish having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? (Galatians 3:3)
He was starting to believe that something was terribly wrong. He had no peace, the troubles increased and there seemed to be no way for him to have a successful journey. What could he do? He had made his choice and felt he must push forward. He continued on for some time fighting to go on until his strength ran out. He was completely exhausted and sat down at the side of the path. He saw others go by continuing on their journeys, but he had not the strength, nor the will to go any further. It just seemed like there was no way that he could continue along the path. He was very discouraged and felt like his only option was to give up.
“Nevertheless, I have somewhat against you, Because you have left your first love.” (Revelation 2:4)
And then he thought back to the time he started his journey along the path. The way seemed easier then and he remembered how he loved walking along the path in those days. He decided he would go back to the fork in the road and choose the other path. He spoke to other travelers he met as he made his way back, warning them of the dangers ahead and pointing the way back to the fork in the road. He was quite surprised that most did not listen, but continued on their way. It didn’t take him long to return to the fork in the road and start down the other path once he had made the decision to return.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)
Immediately, everything seemed brighter. The path did lead uphill at times, but he had a renewed strength. There were dangers and areas of the path were rocky as well, but he seemed to forge through these with a joy he had not known. The sky became overcast and threatening at times as well, but he had a renewed faith and a sure hope that he would arrive at his final destination. He found that he had a great peace that he had not experienced on the other path. In spite of some difficulties along the way, he was able to continue on toward his goal with a confidence and an assurance that all was well. Overall, the journey on this path was nothing like his previous experience on the other path. Although this path was not well-traveled, he knew he had found the right way and that he would reach his promised journey’s end.
“You rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)
And then one day the man came to his final destination. It was a beautiful land. It was all he could have ever hoped for. He was so thankful and was filled with great joy. As he entered the land, he looked back on his journey and rejoiced in the fact that he had found the right path and had persevered until reaching his final destination. It was called the Promised Land and the man could not believe his good fortune in coming into this wonderful land that offered him all he could ever desire and a land that he could now call home.
“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.” Reverend Billy Graham 1918- 2018
[We are called to a life of faith. Faith in Jesus and Him Crucified. This is our first love. As we place our faith in the Lord and His great work at the cross; Romans 8:2 tells us that the Holy Spirit will work mightily in our lives to bring us victory.]
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