Recently, I received two fall catalogs from sporting goods companies. Both featured items that anyone who loves the outdoors would be pleased to own. Both had a focus on hiking and the wilderness. The clothes were so attractive that they appeared glamorous enough to wear to a wedding reception.
But the shoes were in a class by themselves. They all had a rugged appearance with built-in safety features: steel shanks for stability, soles with rock-biting “teeth” to provide non-skid traction, comfortable inserts to prevent fatigue, and strong laces that would last for years.
Every picture that featured the shoes “in action” had a person walking up a steep incline with rocks, shrubs, and stones that made the journey difficult. Some of the models had a stick in their hand to provide balance or to protect them from snakes or other animals. All appeared ready for “anything” with canteens of water and first aid kits. Whatever came their way would be subdued! They were prepared to conquer anything at any time. They were ready for their journey into and through the wilderness.
But no matter how wisely they prepared for their journey through the wilderness, it did not prepare them for the journey through life. The journey through life is not about shoes or clothing: it is about walking in God’s righteousness. The only “safe-passage” is with Christ. “The righteousness of the blameless makes their path straight, but the wicked are brought down by their deeds.”
God will grant us a “safe passage” through life. But we must follow His path if we want it.
Prayer: Lord, may we stay close to You as we journey through life, knowing that we will be safe and secure if we follow Your paths. Give us courage to do so. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 11:5 The righteousness of the blameless makes their path straight, but the wicked are brought down by their deeds.