You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. – Matthew 7:13
15 Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster.
16 For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.
19 Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!
20 You can make this choice by loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the LORD, you will live long in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”
What is a tour guide? A tour guide is typically a resident of the local region. They are very familiar with the surrounding area. They give guided tours to individuals or groups of visitors. They are experts on the history of the location and offer their tour groups interesting or enlightening information about points of interest at nature attractions, historic sites, museums, scenic locations, and other travel destinations. Guides may give walking tours, bus tours, or even lead river tours on a boat. They act as goodwill ambassadors for their area.
The enemy of our souls is a tour guide of sorts. But he has only one destination, the road that leads to destruction.
Each child of the King is capable of living a life guided by the Father. But it is a choice that each of us must make and reaffirm from time to time as needed. Consider the alternative.
The Father’s realm is the kingdom of God. He offers blessing and encouragement as we live out His guidance on earth.
“Every Christian should live a God-guided life. If you are not guided by God, you will be guided by someone or something else. The Christian who hasn’t the sense of guidance in his life is missing something vital” (Eric Liddell).
The Father’s people have always been a remnant, a small minority in this world. The reason is not difficult to discover: The way of life is narrow, lonely, and costly (Wiersbe).
REFLECT & PRAY
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
Father thank You for showing me the way to find You. Please teach me how to allow You to guide me in the way that You want me to go.
We often find ourselves at crossroads in our lives and ponder which road to 2 take. One may be hard and difficult but it leads to life and the assured favor of the Father. The other may seem easy and quite attractive, or even necessary, but it leads to destruction and death.
Jeremiah 21:8 The LORD says, “I will give you a choice between two courses of action. One will result in life; the other will result in death.”
Regrettably, many take the path which leads to ruin.
Narrow is the gate and hard is the way that leads to life, and those who ﬁnd it are few (Matthew 7:13).
“There is always a certain dramatic quality about life, for it has been said that all life is focused on our position at the crossroads. In every action of life, we are confronted with a choice; and we can never evade the choice, because we can never stand still. We must always take one way or the other” (Barclay).
Joshua eloquently challenged all children of the King with the choices before us and his own personal decision.
Joshua 24:15 If you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”
In The Ways, John Oxenham wrote:
“To every man there open a way and ways and a way.
And the high soul climbs the high way, and the low soul gropes the low.
And in between on the misty ﬂats the rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there opens a high way and a low.
And every man decides the way his soul shall go.”
“That is the choice with which Jesus is confronting us in this passage. There is a broad and an easy way, and there are many who take it; but the end of it is ruin. There is a narrow and a hard way, and there are few who take it; but the end of it is life” (Barclay).
It is the difference between the long and the short way. Very rarely, something may emerge complete and perfect in a ﬂash, but most often it is the result of much effort and constant attention to detail. It is the difference between the disciplined and the undisciplined way. Nothing was ever achieved without discipline. It is the difference between the thoughtful and the thoughtless way. Here we come to the heart of the matter. Who would ever take the easy, the short, the undisciplined way, if they wish to follow their King (Barclay)?
“Everything in this world has two aspects – how it looks at the moment, and how it will look in the time to come. The easy way may look very inviting at the moment, and the hard way may look very daunting. The only way to get our values right is to see not the beginning but the end of the way, to see things not in the light of time but in the light of eternity” (Barclay).
The Lord Jesus Christ is admonishing all children of the King to follow Him. But He tells us upfront that this requires faith, discipline, and endurance. This is of course a difficult life choice but it is well worth the effort. The Father reserves His best for those who do. Regrettably, most follow the easy way.
Who is your tour guide?