God can take us down some muddled-precarious roads that will leave us wondering: This road? Yep, that’s the right road. There are people who missed their blessings because they didn’t like God’s way of doing things; so, instead they decided to take the path of least resistance.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil (Proverbs 3:7).
Before Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace, they could have taken the easiest route by honoring the king’s decree; but they chose to honor God. Who do you think was in the safest place: the men in the blazing furnace or the king in the palace? (Read Daniel 3:1-25.)
A smooth trail without God—is the most dangerous road we could ever travel.
If we pay attention, wisdom will teach us: just because the pavement is level and the scenery is beautiful, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right road to take. If we only determine our paths by our five senses, then we are an easy mark for the devil to exchange our faith for his deceptive trickery.
Look—it doesn’t matter if we take God’s road or not, life will still present some pretty scary challenges; there’s no way around it. We can decide to go through those challenges with the power, guidance, and comfort of the Holy Spirit, or take our chances and rely on our own instincts.
Do we trust God completely?
We say God is our Rock, our Refuge, our Comforter, our All-in-all; but do we put those claims into practice when we are led down uncertain roads? Professing to have faith is not synonymous with using it. Going through fiery tests, is the only way to truly find out the resilience of our faith.
God is bigger than our problems.
- Imagine you have an inflatable balloon inside your body.
- Now, imagine that balloon inflated—covering you head-to-toe.
- Finally, imagine that balloon is God.
If the enemy manages to wedge himself in, it’s only because you let him in when you took his bait to doubt God. Why focus on the lesser when MORE than enough is within you? God knows EVERYTHING about you. (See Psalm 139.)
Once we receive the understanding that the greater One is in us, our faith will walk us (quivering knees and all) down any road God selects.
God’s path is the safest road.
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold (Job 23:10).
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