Recently I've started reading in the book of Psalms. Over the last couple of weeks, God has been dealing with me about the topic of my "way." Our way can be understood by defining it as our customs, manners, and behaviors. I would like to make three comparisons found in Scripture which will challenge us to change our ways and to follow God's ways.
My way is wicked, but God's way is righteous.
Pastor Duttry gave a phenomenal message a few weeks back from 2 Chronicles, chapters 6 and 7. It was amazing to me that throughout chapter 6, God's Word mentions "way" in 6 different verses (16, 23, 27, 30, 31, and 34). This chapter was a prayer of Solomon to God on behalf of Israel. Solomon prays: 1) That Israel will repent of their way; and 2) That God will hear their prayer with forgiveness and return Israel to His ways. Solomon understood that man's natural way is wicked and in Proverbs, he expresses how we change our ways. One of the cornerstones of Proverbs is that God blesses those who are obedient to Him. Our path (or way) will be blessed if we make the right decisions, but those decisions begin with the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 1:7). In order to follow God's way, we must first leave the path we are on.
My way is unsustainable, but God's way is sustainable.
Psalm 1:6 says, "For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish." Proverbs 13:15 says, "Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard." Finally, Proverbs 16:25 says, "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." God's Word is clear: As sinners, our natural tendency is to do what feels right in our own eyes; what is pleasing to the flesh; and that our path ends badly. He promises that if we follow Him, He will know our path, give us favor, and lead us into prosperity (Psalm 1:3). God's Word gives many examples and promises that Christians will have trials and seasons in the valleys; but God also gives us an encouraging hope that those who walk in His ways will be protected and provided for (Psalm 18:30).
My way is temporal, but God's way is eternal.
Psalm 37 gives us many examples of the path of the wicked and the righteous. To sum up the chapter in just a few words: The wicked may be prosperous now; they may be rich now; they may delight in their sin now; but God's people will be given their inheritance in due time. Their end is peace; their end is blessed; their abundance will be eternal. This chapter tells us to commit our way unto the LORD (verse 5); to keep His way (verse 34); and that our steps (ways) are ordered by the LORD (verse 23).
God's Word tells us that our path is wicked, unsustainable, and only lasts a short while; but PRAISE GOD, He has given us the choice to follow Him! His path is righteous, sustainable, and eternal. The daily choice begins with the fear of the LORD. He will not let us down. He will not break his Word. He is, and always will be, good.
Written by Ryan Williamson