Walking in the path made by others (I Kings 15:25-16:34; II Chronicles 17)

The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel.  II Chronicles 17:3-4

Several times during the year Sherry and I will get to take a day trip to a State Park where we get to take trails to walk on that others have walked before us. Sometimes those trails have a lot of roots growing in the path. On several occasions I have seen other people trip over those roots and fall. To be honest, I have gotten pre-occupied a few times and tripped myself. Such is the life of taking paths of other people.

This mornings readings reveal to us two different paths taken by the kings of Judah and Israel. The Bible records some of the kings “walked in the sins of Jeroboam (I Kings 16:31). I noticed as I mapped their paths that with each king they sinned even more than the king before them. Such is the path of sin.

The Bible also records the path of those kings who followed the path of king David (II Chron. 17:3-4). For example Jehoshaphat followed the godly path of his father Asa who patterned his life after the path that David walked.

Still today all of humanity follows one of two paths. People follow either the path of sin (ungodliness) or the path pf righteousness (godliness). If you do not believe me, take a look at the society we live in.

Paul warned Timothy of the path of sin in II Timothy 3. He wrote, “but understand this, that in the last days times of difficulty will come.” Such times come because people are heaping up sins of all kinds for those who walk behind them to pick up. I must ask, how much more can this world stand?

Brothers and sisters, we have a choice to make today. We can either avoid the circumstance or we can forge a different path for people to follow. The path of sin is dark but the path of righteousness is bright. The light shines even brighter as we see the day of His return approaching.

I am resolved to walk a path of righteousness because He has placed me on this path. I am resolved to keep my path clean from the roots of my failure. I will confess my sin every day and clean the road so that others can be pointed to Christ. I will lift up the glorious name of Jesus so that others can embrace this new path (Matt. 7:14).

Two questions:

  1. Which path are you on?
  2. Do you have roots in your path that need to be uprooted?

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