“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” — Matthew 7:14
“And if your friends jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge…” still echoes in my head when I find myself looking around and wanting to join in the so-called ‘fun.’ Truth of the matter, there are things that happen and then there are things that should have never happened. In the midst of all this mayhem is God’s sovereignty.
Making decisions in our everyday life can be a burdensome task, but it does seem that some decisions have become easier. I can remember a time where making the right choice was more than just not doing what I really wanted to do but watching everyone else do it and seemingly getting away with it. When I first entered the work force as a full time employee, I worked for a construction company. My boss, Mr. Harvey (not you Tim) was the first person in and the last to leave, he also watched like a hawk to make sure we were working. I had friends that worked at places where there was little to no supervision and sat around all day doing nothing. Today I credit my work ethic to Mr. Harvey and am thankful for the way he demanded proper productivity.
Unfortunately, my spiritual life is not that easy. These symbolic gates are the reference points I use on a daily bases, I can relate to the Psalmist in Psalm 73,
“But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;
My steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the boastful,
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”
This picture of getting my eyes off the path that leads through this narrow gate is what I can get caught up in and then the battle is on. I’ve learned from experience that when I choose the wide gate, things that should never be, happen. So the old song lyrics serve as foresight into future events. The gate I choose to walk through will determine “What is and what should never be.”
There might not be the pull to enter the gate the world uses today, but if we’re not careful, the distaste for those who walk according to the flesh can cause us to become bitter and angry and may even cause us to have hatred towards the people instead of towards their sin. In that case, we technically are walking alongside them through that wide gate.
Let’s do what the Psalmist did,
“When I thought how to understand this,
It was too painful for me—
Until I went into the sanctuary of God;
Then I understood their end.
But it is good for me to draw near to God;
I have put my trust in the Lord GOD,
That I may declare all Your works.” Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “The essence of temptation is the invitation to live independently of God.” – Neil T. Anderson
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34