Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it. Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJ)
In an emergency, you only have a split second to make the right decision. There is no time to think it over, list the pro and cons or discuss it with a specialist. You have to make a choice and then live with the result.
Hundreds of people in South Asia had only moments to make a life-saving decision when the horrifying Tsunami hit with its devastating rage. From my television set, I watched in sorrow as some had time to escape death while others, not so fortunate, were sent to a watery grave.
As the death toll continued to rise, it was comforting to hear from those who had survived. Each testimony reminded me of God’s faithfulness and provision in the midst of tragedy. One man’s story stuck in my mind.
He began sharing with the journalist how the people scattered like frantic mice, running in every direction, when the giant wave attacked. Then, I listened intently as he shared about his escape.
“Most of the people took the broad road, pushing and shoving one another, as they tried to escape. It appeared to be the logical choice.” He humbly testified. “I was about to join them when I noticed one man running in the opposite direction. He was a native. Something from inside told me to follow him. Instantly, I called to my family, and we selected to escape through the narrow road.”
With only a moment to decide, the man chose to follow the road less traveled. By taking the narrow path, he and his entire family were saved.
Like this man, the Bible speaks of two different roads. Whether we are conscience of it or not, each of us choose the road we will travel in life. You and I will either follow the broad way or the narrow way.
The wide road is the most favorable. It is considered the “easy street.” This road has an abundance of company. It is familiar, comfortable and appears to be the most logical way. The disadvantage is… “It leads to destruction.”
The other road is narrow, difficult and sometimes lonely. Taking it is the first step toward total dependence on God. The advantage of this road is that it leads to life, both now and forever.
If you look closely, you can see a man, God’s Son, standing on the narrow path faithfully calling, “Follow Me, I am the way.”
Today, as the wave of sin and rebellion attempt to drown you, the Lord is there providing a way of escape. Two roads lie before you. Time is short. You need to make a decision. As long as you stay on the wide road, destruction will follow. Choosing the narrow path leads to life. Today is the day. Now is the time. Which path will you choose—life or death?
Dear Lord, I’ve traveled the broad way too long. Today, I choose the path of life. I’m not sure what’s ahead, but I trust You are leading me, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Write down everything that kept you on the broad road. List the benefit of each. Did anything on your list provide peace, joy or purpose? If not, toss them away and take the path to life.
This Devotion was taken from “God’s Purpose For Every Woman; A P31 Devotional Book” You can purchase a copy by visiting the resource section of our site at www.proverbs31.org