Traveling a Hard Path Paves the Way for Other
As I study the Word of God, how I see God and the world that He created continues to change. My vision of my experiences and the trek of others constantly change, like my prescription glasses. I am convinced that studying God’s Word will correct your vision and allow you to see yourself from God’s perspective.
In the past, I have seen my trials as tests and being of such that must be avoided at all costs. And those who love me do not want to see me going through anything that causes stress, worry, uncertainty, and despair. God has shown us repeatedly that it is a part of life.
Acts 21:12-14 “Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”
Traveling a hard path paves the way for others. We have no idea how God will mold, transform, shape, develop, and bless us along the hard path. Our parents’ path was not easy, and they paved the way for us. Christ’s path to Calvary was challenging, yet He made the path to salvation straight. And everyone who travels in his ways is blessed.
We must never allow the consequences of doing what is right to deter us from our reward of Heaven. Doing right will bear consequences at times, but the blessings outweigh it. In your trial, you may be tempted to lose all hope because hope requires expectation, yet your circumstances say there is no room for hope. Hope in God regardless of people who say you should not.
Walk your hard path and watch your life be transformed along the way. Most importantly, as Paul went to Jerusalem, knowing it would be difficult, he said, “The will of the Lord be done” (Acts 21:14). I don’t completely understand what His will for my life is, and I do not know how long it will take for his will to be accomplished. But I know I will be blessed when it is finished.
©July 1, 2023, Courtney Henderson