IT’S A TIGHT SQUEEZE
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14 New King James Version).
During the course of our Christian walk, we are going to face boulders in our path and major hills and valleys along the road. The Bible does not say the Christians life is easy, in fact, Jesus tells us it is difficult and the gate is narrow. He also says there are few who find it. The Bible tells us how to get through our various trials and the kind of attitude we should have. It does not tell us we get a free ride now because we are washed in the blood of Christ. Yes, God opens doors and His favor can shine upon us, but I have found the bigger the blessing or opportunity, the greater the obstacle course is to receiving it. I’m not saying this is always the case; I have found God will also bless and favor completely unexpectedly as well. He does everything according to His purpose. We have to stay focused on Him, on His will and on the path we are walking on.
My friend, if you are traveling a road which seems easy and well-paved with little to no obstacles, go to the Lord in prayer and ask if maybe your feet haven’t strayed. Ask Him to show you the correct path and gate to head towards. Get yourself grounded in the Word, be vigilant in prayer, cultivate that relationship with Him and your feel will not stray.
Dear Lord, thank You for this day. Thank You for this opportunity to praise You and to bow at Your feet in worship. Forgive us if we have strayed far from You, draw us back to You, bring us back to the sheep fold. Lord, we know that it isn’t easy to follow your path, and Your word tells us to count it all joy when we fall into various trials, but sometimes it can be hard to be joyful in the midst of our storms and this is where we need to lean on You. Thank You for being our solid rock to lean against and for being our umbrella when the rain falls. We love You and we need You more than we need anything on this earth. We give You all the glory and honor, in Your name Jesus we pray, Amen.
Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you are going through something right now, rejoice! If you have trials and tests, rejoice! In all things give God praise and glory and thanksgiving! Keep your eyes focused on Jesus and walking that narrow path – you may not be liked by everyone; you may get passed over for that promotion you wanted; you may not have all that you think you should, but if you keep your eyes focused on Jesus and walking that narrow path, you will have what God wants for you!
Additional Scriptures: James 1:2, 12, 19-20