Walk Right This Way

Have you ever been hiking and come to an area where the trail split? You looked at both paths and wondered which way to go. Maybe one way looked well traveled, gently sloped, uncomplicated, and safe. The other was narrower, more overgrown, steep, appearing slippery and dangerous. As you stood there trying to decide, the easy way looked so appealing, but something made you unsure. You may have wished for a sign that said, “This way.” Your life has questions, too. You daily make decisions, and sometimes you wish for something that would make the right way obvious.

The way of salvation is very clear. God’s Word tells us there is only one way – trusting Jesus (John 14:6). But the Bible also gives many instructions to guide our lives. We are to “walk in the fear of our God” (Nehemiah 8:9). The Lord is righteous and holy. We should fear sinning against Him. Our walk should be in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), listening for His still, small voice that warns when going the wrong way and directs when seeking His will. Deuteronomy 5:33 tells us to “walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you.” We cannot just choose the commandments we like. We are to obey them all. Ephesians 4:1 says to “Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” If God called you to be a missionary, be the best missionary for Him. If He directed you to be a nurse, be the best one. If he led you to be a teacher, accountant, stay-at-home mom, lawyer, cashier, or anything else, do your best – doing your work “as unto the Lord.” Our walk should be in the light (John 12:35), and Jesus is that light for our way. We are to walk in faith (Romans 4:12), obeying what God says, even when we do not understand. And Jeremiah 6:16 even tells us to walk in the old paths. The tendency today is to throw out the old and cherish the new. Some new is good, but many of the old paths are also good. Some good old paths would include using the Bible for our foundation; confessing sin and repenting; praising the Lord with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; praying, forgiving, loving one another, and much more. So which way is right? The Lord says, “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isaiah 30:21).