You Can’t See God With Earthly Eyes

Stay on The Trail

I’m sitting at my husband’s desk. It’s organized with many books behind the big computer screen.

I’m also drinking a cup of tea and it is NOT sitting on a coaster.

It’s been a busy week for me. I’ve hardly been online much less email. Work needed me a lot this week. Finally, it’s Friday, and I am enjoying the quiet mountain morning. The weatherman said it will begin to heat up. My walks will need to be early in order to avoid the heat. There are so many walking paths in my area.

Like the world…

It offers many different religions, different paths.

Matthew 7:13-14 says,

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matthew Henry’s Commentary says:

That which allures multitudes into it, and keeps them in it; the gate is wide, and the way broad, and there are many travellers in that way. First, “You will have abundance of liberty in that way; the gate is wide, and stands wide open to tempt those that go right on their way. You may go in at this gate with all your lusts about you; it gives no check to your appetites, to your passions: you may walk in the way of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; that gives room enough.” It is a broad way, for there is nothing to hedge in those that walk in it, but they wander endlessly; a broad way, for there are many paths in it; there is choice of sinful ways, contrary to each other, but all paths in this broad way. Secondly, “You will have abundance of company in that way: many there be that go in at this gate, and walk in this way.” If we follow the multitude, it will be to do evil: if we go with the crowd, it will be the wrong way. It is natural for us to incline to go down the stream, and do as the most do; but it is too great a compliment, to be willing to be damned for company, and to go to hell with them, because they will not go to heaven with us: if many perish, we should be the more cautious.

Everyone is going downstream. It’s easier to go with the current than to fight it. As I study that verse this morning, I am struck again and again by our holy God. He stands out among the rest. He went to the cross. So if His life wasn’t easy on earth, why should my life be if I choose to follow Him? The Apostle Paul didn’t have it easy either.

I never did like going with the crowd.

So I strive each day to walk the narrow path in a strait gait. It’s like choosing a trail over going off-trail.

The trail is leading me to my destination while hidden dangers lurk in the brush by going off-trail. Immediately, I can’t help but think of Red Riding Hood. It’s a spiritual lesson. The wolf convinced her to take a different path. Look what happened because of that! She nearly died, but she made things right again and a hunter rescued her, like God coming in just in time to pull us into safety.

You can’t see God with earthly eyes. You can see Him with heavenward eyes, and He redirects us to the right path, and guides us in the everyday. Miracles don’t happen by themselves. Answers to prayers aren’t man-made.

Stay on the trail. It’ll lead you home.

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

– John 3:16

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