Message summary: What a great joy and blessing to follow Christ and walk on the path that leads upward.
We often walk on a path that begins across from our house. It starts as a tractor trail then turns into a long portion between tree lines separating farm fields on each side, later it runs along Donegal Creek. It’s actually a long abandoned public road that ended right across from our house to a church meeting house and can still seen on maps as “Meeting House Run Road”.
Our dogs really love this part of the walk and often get very distracted with all the sights and smells of critters, beavers swimming, squirrels springing up the trees. Yesterday afternoon Brooksyne walked all three dogs and was trying to take photos but finally stopped after they were pulling so hard on their leashes. It’s a good thing she looked away from the camera and onto the spot they were wanting to explore. A huge dead rat was the exciting attraction. She sent me a text photo, but I’ll spare the women readers the gruesome sight.
Scripture in numerous places speaks of the “path of life” including today’s first passage. It’s from a Psalm of David, written some 3,000 years ago. In addressing God David joyfully proclaims, “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
God continues to make known the path of life to those who earnestly seek Him. Today, as in the past, it is the road less traveled since many by default follow the broad road.
The final Old Testament Biblical reference to “the path of life” is our second passage, “The path of life leads upward for the wise”. Proverbs 9:12 states, “If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you”. Jesus taught, “everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24). Godly wisdom is different than worldly wisdom. “Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become ‘fools’ so that you may become wise” (1 Corinthians 3:18). Paul wrote concerning, “the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
But the final reference to the “path of life” in Scripture may surprise you. Peter quotes several verses from Psalm 16 in his sermon on the day of Pentecost concluding with the daily verse, “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence” (Acts 2:28). He makes it clear that ultimately in this Psalm that David was referring to Jesus Christ as the path of life! Of course He Himself tells us, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
I thank God for making known to us the path of life through the person of Jesus Christ, His Son! What a great joy and blessing to follow Him and walk on the path that leads upward.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, what a tremendous blessing that the path of life leads upward for the wise. This path is certainly not the shortest, most traveled, or least difficult trail. There are times when the incline may be so steep it forces me to humbly kneel down before You, the Lord my Maker. Your strength is perfect when my strength is weak. It is a place where I realize it is no longer my strength but it is in Your perfect strength that I walk. It is no longer my plan but Your perfect plan that I follow. It is no longer my wisdom but Your perfect wisdom that instructs me. You give perfect direction and adequate strength to walk the upward path that leads to life everlasting. Thank You that I will never walk the path of life alone, for You lead the way as You make my feet like hind’s feet on high places. Amen.