By: Tim Sader
The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth. (Isaiah 26:7)
Last week we discussed the Charleston, SC church shooting and how even now we can have great joy because united we are building ourselves into the temple of God. The nine victims are honored in heaven; they are safe in the hands of God. The road these men and women were on is a path much like the one we are on in life. Living life on the road is no easy life; it sometimes feels like we are just passing through. The road comes with many dangers and there are often places to stop or turn off that will take us on another path. Things can happen to us on the road; our tires may go flat, we may break down, get smashed up or wreaked by others. Good things also happen on the road of life; we grow up, learn to drive, fall in love, get married, buy a house, have children and grandchildren. On the path we meet people at every stop; at the gym, school, social clubs, work and church. After Jesus rose from the dead some of His disciples were on the road to Emmaus and Jesus walked with and talked to them but they couldn’t recognize Him (Luke 24:13-16) Also after Christ ascended into heaven Saul had his own encounter on the road with Jesus. Saul was on the road to Damascus when a light flashed from heaven. He immediately fell to the ground and heard a voice ask; why are you persecuting me? Saul asked who it was speaking to him; the voice said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” He then told him to get up and go into the city where he’d be told what to do (Acts 9:3-6). This was no easy thing for him since God struck him blind before he could fully see his new calling. Somewhere on the road the victims of the shooting and all of us will find Jesus. Not all of us will have an experience like Saul did but at the time of salvation we met Jesus on the road. Many of us have met God on the road, some of us haven’t still others of us drove right by and left Him standing in the dust.
When the upright one joins us on the road we are set on the level path of righteousness and as long as we continue to walk on that path it will be smooth. What often happens though is we stop somewhere or turn off the road to follow our own path. This is when the road gets bumpy because we start doing things that cannot be done on His path. God refreshes our soul by guiding us on paths of righteousness for His names sake (Psalm 23:3). On the strait path we learn all the ways of the Lord and are safe from our oppressors (Psalm 27:11). By submitting our lives to Him is how our paths are made strait (Proverbs 3:6). When the spirit inside of us feels weary it is the Lord who watches over our ways because on the path we walk the enemy hidden snares for us to be caught up in (Psalm 142:3). These traps are unexpected things that happen along the way; that flat tire, pit stops, wreaks and detours that take us off the righteous path. Things like alcohol, pornography, pre-marital sex, sudden illnesses, losing a job, death of a loved one or skipping out on church to stay home and do something less committed to the Lord. Not only are we called to find Jesus on the road but are called to be like Jesus to the world or our little part of it. The best illustration of this is in the story of the good Samaritan; all the religious people walked by the man needing help but Samaritan had pity on the man. He bandaged his wounds and gave him a ride to the inn where he took care of him (Luke 10:33-34). When we care for the needs of others before our own needs we are being their neighbor; we are like Jesus on their road. John the Baptist was spoken of by Isaiah the prophet he would be; “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him (Matthew 3:3).’” We by no means are Jesus but we can prepare the way for Him in others by telling them about and showing them Jesus on the road.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16