Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 4th, 2017
For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Psalm 1:6 (NLT)
This verse shows a very sharp contrast between those who are followers of the Lord and those who reject His ways. We have His commitment that He will watch over us to protect us and give us direction. Refusal to walk in the ways of the Lord leads to destruction. Thank you, Lord, that by your grace we are walking in a solid pathway.
Biking is increasing in popularity in Canada and across the country many unused railway tracks are being transformed into bike paths. If you are planning on biking on any of these paths, you need to know that each province has their own laws for cyclists. In Ontario, for example, when riding during the period from one-half hour before sunset until one-half hour after sunrise your bicycle must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector. If you fail to do so, you face a $35 fine. The law also requires white reflective strips on your bike’s front forks and red reflective strips on its rear stays. All bikes must have a working bell or horn (to not do so could lead to a $110 fine) and everyone under 18 must wear a helmet.
It was baseball great, and infamous gaffer Yogi Berra who once said “when you come to a fork in the road, take it!” That kind of advice is of no help to anyone! The Bible gives much better advice when it comes to selecting the path that we should be following. Psalm 1 tracks the person who has turned their back on sin and has determined to live a life that honours God in every way. Verse 6 of that Psalm says “For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.” There are two paths that every one of us is given a choice to follow. Jesus speaks of this in Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” We are faced with a variety of decisions in life and some are more important than others. Choosing the right path is the most important one we will ever face. There is a great promise in our text for today. God watches over the path of the godly. What a great blessing to know that when Jesus has first place in our lives, we have the assurance that He is watching over us. Why would anyone choose any other path?
These have been words from the heart.