Key verse: Matthew 7:13-14
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Not all that glitters is gold for there is a way that seems right unto man, whereas the end of it is the way of destruction. Whenever the fisherman goes to look for fish in the water, he ensures that he takes with him a bait for easy catch. The bait is always something that is attractive to the species of fish the fisherman seeks. In the same vein, the enemy knows the lust in man to have things for himself to the exclusion of others. So, when he wants a multitude in his wide net, he puts forward a bait that everyone struggles to have and through their lust, they all jostle to have it and voila! they are all caught in the enemy’s net. No wonder the Lord warns us not to join the multitude to do evil. Anything that we seek to have to the exclusion of others is sought without love and therefore dangerous.
There was rift between Lot’s herdsmen and those of his uncle who gave him life when his father died. When the uncle told him to choose the way to go, rather than consider in love, the labor of his uncle over him in times past to stick with him or if the uncle insisted, for the uncle to be the decider, he sought the loftiest terrain and left the uncle to grapple with the remnant. Since man does not know the morrow, Lot did not know that the place he picked would soon be ravaged with war and later consumed by fire. So is the desire of many today. We look for the juicy things of life without any thought for God or what He desires of us. By so doing, we pick that which we think is lofty and abandon the Creator to “emptiness”. Unfortunately, the Lord is never at loss. We men are the ones putting ourselves in the path of peril through our choices. Did someone just say God forbid? I say “Amen” too. But the truth is, life is a matter of choices. Life and death is set before us. Where people are trouping to may not be the way chosen by God. Please be careful.
Many have turned their backs on the way of the Gospel. Some place their excuse on the misbehavior of some men of God. Some others just can’t bring themselves to serve God. But the misbehavior of any man of God does not diminish the stature of God. When judgment comes, no excuse will be excusable before the Righteous Judge. Do please enter through the strait gate and the narrow way. The broad one leads to perdition.
Pray: Father, help me to recognize and avoid the traps of the enemy throughout my life in Jesus name.