Daily D – Matthew 7:13-14
“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.
MATTHEW 7:13-14 (CSB)
Robert Frost wrote about the road less traveled. He said it makes all the difference. He is correct. Jesus said taking the easy way is not the easy way.
My bride and I spent a few days in the Pacific Northwest recently. We hiked an easy path. It was pretty nice. It followed a swiftly moving river. The trail was fairly flat and not terribly demanding. It did not take long to exhaust that trail.
Down the river a bit, we found another trail to hike which included steep hills and outstanding views. We rested on a large boulder next to the raging river.
We next chose a more daunting path. It required hours of climbing with rest stops every hundred yards or so. The air grew thinner. The trail was narrow and steep. We rested and enjoyed a snack beside a snowmelt waterfall. We walked until the melting snow created rivulets and muddy paths which were beyond our skill and endurance.
That was a good climb. It would be nice to return to that trail in full summer when there is less melting snow. The meadow atop the trail offers stunning views we did not get to see this time.
A new day and a new week offer both the easy way and a more challenging path. Which will you choose? Mr. Frost and Jesus would direct you onto the road less traveled, the path with the steepest climb. They tell us it is worth it. Let’s put on our climbing shoes and fill our backpacks with snacks and restoring beverages and follow them into meaningful adventures.
I will take the road less traveled by.
Our Father, you are the path maker and the path leader. We will follow you along this great adventure. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.