I got to spend a lovely day at the Calvary Chapel of the Finger lakes at a day retreat. I always try to go when they are hosted because there is just something very special about women studying the Bible together. Normally these days are just for me. The lessons I learn are hand crafted just for what God intends for me to hear just at that specific time in my life. And so normally, I would not put that hand crafted message out there for the whole world to see…but seeing as how last week I was so excited about the “Holy Highway” …well I knew that I just couldn’t keep this little treasure all to myself either.
This is the cover to the little schedule/notebook that was handed out.
Do you see what the picture is? Do you see the light coming through the trees to shine on the narrow path? Ok, well lets be honest that is just cool. I can even look at the picture and see myself looking off to the left and the right…trying to see if there is anything I should check out off in between any of those nicely planted trees. (please note my sense of self-depreciating sarcasm in light of last weeks blog about my inability to STAY ON THE PATH!~)
A little bit more about “The Path.”
Right there on the cover–“You have shown us…” Last week I wrote about choosing to go off the path that I believe God has set for me. But right here in Micah 6:8 the Bible reminds me that God has shown me the path that He has laid out for me. It is not a clairvoyant, magic 8 ball sort of thing, But a “I know the thoughts that I think think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) kind of thing. It’s a God shows us the path if we are willing to keep our eyes and hearts open so that we can see it~ kind of thing.
“Those thoughts of peace…and a hope”–they are GOOD things! The Bible is full (literally) of verses that indicate the goodness of God. I must confess that on some of those wayside paths I have followed I have doubted Gods goodness. But here is the thing…God has shown me what is GOOD. I can Testify that HE is GOOD. Ask me about it. I’ll tell you.
What does God require of me on this path that he has laid out for me? To be perfect? No. But to do these 3 things:
- To do Justly–It doesn’t matter if I am staying at home with my children or working in a hospital, or out buying groceries–In whatever I am doing I am to strive to do the right thing with integrity and to always remember that I am a person in need of a Savior…no better than anyone else and that I deserve no better than anyone else.
- To Love Mercy–I love my husband. I love my kids. God wants me to also love mercy. This is not always an easy thing, to show compassion to an offender or to someone in distress. But we love to be on the receiving end of Mercy don’t we? I will choose to show compassion this week on my path. Will you?
- To Walk Humbly with my God–Jesus was humble. (Philippians2:5-11) Humility is the opposite of pride. And here is the point that I will close on.
Pride is what leads us off Gods path. Pride is the voice that tells me “I know, I want, I think, I will do it my way.” If I am in the opposite of Pride…if I am humble… I will say to God
“God you are good. You have a good path laid out before me. You are Just and Merciful and you sent your Humble Servant Jesus to cover my Sins. You have shown me the good path. Help me to stay on it today–to be just, and merciful and humble…because I cannot do it alone. It is only in your strength that I can stay on the path today.”