Proverbs 3:5-6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 [a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
The more I read about it, the more I find the negative connotation behind the phrase Walking Along the Path of Least Resistance. What’s so bad about wanting to walk through life with less of a struggle? Apparently, it prohibits challenges, it causes complacency, there’s a lack of growth, and much more. Yes, making it through the challenges and storms in life can make us strong, but it can make us weary, and tired as well. If we are using no discernment in life (which causes us to walk along those more difficult paths), then we are simply creating more stress, and hindering ourselves from moving forward efficiently. We are making our own storms!
I became so good at throwing obstacles in my path, that I was doing it without even realizing it. All I gained, were tears, stress, heartache, and pure exhaustion! God wants us to live our lives in abundance, and His desire is not for us to continually struggle as a result of our own sin. I should have spent more time in prayer, more time in His Word, and more time concentrating on what His path was for me in my life, rather than my own. I let my emotions lead my way, instead of a pure heart that was seeking my way through Christ. Sometimes, I would make excuses and believe that it was simply spontaneity and not haste, because then… I wasn’t making bad choices, I was just trying to have fun! Yeah ME!!! My emotions contained an enormous lack of thought. More often than not, I experienced instant gratification, with sure despair following quickly behind it.
God will not cause us to stumble nor will He lead us astray; however, our personal sins will. Taking ownership in our faults can be more than a daunting task indeed. God holds us accountable for our sinful choices, and until we realize that, and ask for forgiveness with true repentance, we will continue to walk up hill, both ways, in the SNOW, dog-tired.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells me that if I trust AND rely CONFIDENTLY on the Lord with All of my heart, and don’t rely on my own understanding, that He will make my paths straight and smooth. Psalm 119:105 says that the word of the Lord is a lamp to my feet and it lights my path. Negativity… BOOOOO. Positivity…WHOOOHOOOOOO!!!
In the meantime, (Philippians 1:9-10 paraphrased by yours truly) my love will abound more and more in knowledge and practical insight, and I will continue to learn to not only recognize, but to treasure what is excellent (identifying the best and distinguishing moral differences) and strive to be pure and lead others to Christ; away from sin, until the day He comes back for me.
For the record, (wait…is a blog a record?) I am doing my very best to Walk Along the Path of Least Resistance. Fear not, I will still fight the good fight, keep the faith, and I WILL FINISH THIS RACE.
If you’d like to join me along this path and are not exactly sure how; you can pray the prayer of Salvation. Start on your personal, brand new, freshly paved, Path of Least Resistance today!
Psalm 119:105 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
2 Timothy 4:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Philippians 1:9-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more [displaying itself in greater depth] in real knowledge and in practical insight, 10 so that you may learn to recognize and treasure what is excellent [identifying the best, and distinguishing moral differences], and that you may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ [actually living lives that lead others away from sin];
John 14:6 (AMP)
6 Jesus said to him, “[a]I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.