Spiritual Encouragement: How to Find the Right Path
This blog post is part of a small series focusing on Hebrews 12:12-17. Let’s continue looking at some of the spiritual necessities we can learn from these Scriptures.
“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears,” (Hebrews 12:12-17, ESV).
It is a spiritual necessity to choose the right path.
Let’s review the wording, “make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”
The author used a familiar Old Testament metaphor. It comes from Proverbs 4:26-27, “Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
Level paths (or smooth paths) refer to the ways of God (His will for living life). Our ways, the ways of self and sin, are rocky, uneven, dangerous paths.
Do you know Proverbs 3:5-6?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths,” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV).
What’s the key to making our life path straight, level, and smooth? Trust in the Lord. Which means choosing to go His way and not leaning away from Him or going directions based on our own understanding.
The reason it is important to choose God’s way, to go on His straight path, is that if you go the way of your own understanding your spiritual and emotional condition can worsen.
“Lame” describes weakened or hurting. When in this condition spiritually you need to “make straight paths.” Go God’s way because it leads to healing.
But if you don’t, it will lead to being “disabled.” In this context, it describes a turning away from God that results in more hurt and more pain, instead of healing.
In your spiritual exhaustion, when you feel like it’s just not worth it to carry on faithfully in the face of life’s hardness – the action to take is to set your feet on God’s path. Find His way in the word and follow it, you will come to healing, instead of dislocation.
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