“The Easiest Way is Not Always the Best Way”
When I went deer hunting in PA, we did drives. We might have 11 guys (we called them standers) trying to be quiet and still, almost hiding while the other 11 guys (the drivers) walked towards the ones who were quietly standing.
The hope was to chase the deer to the ones who were quiet.
The area we hunted was thick with Laurel and underbrush. You might start through a clump and get stuck. Then you would back up and try to get around it another way.
So the drivers were always looking for the easiest way to get through the thick brush.
Please read the following verses.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?
11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
As we read verses 13-14, there is our walk in life.
And there are easy ways to get through life and some more difficult.
For instance, I can work hard at my job to make money or I could steal it from or rob somebody.
But even more, life seems easier when we only worry about ourselves and try to make sure we are happy. But following the Lord takes us on more difficult paths.
Bros and sisters, we may find the going tough following the will of God, but that narrow way is the best and there are plenty of eternal rewards waiting for those on the narrow path.
I pray that I will see you on that narrow way one day.
Any extra strength we may need or pain we might feel, it will be worth it all.