Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway. Psalm 85:13
In the early days of history, various people would blaze new paths throughout an unknown land. Adventurous men and women would explore new lands to discover what was there. As they did that, many would leave a pathway for others to eventually follow. Sometimes slowly, other times quickly people would walk along that path to bring themselves to a new land and location to live. Some would walk those paths, while there were many others who were content to stay where they were and not walk those paths.
The writer of this psalm describes God in that righteousness would go before Him and His footsteps would become their pathway.
The world has made many different pathways throughout history. One person begins something and someone else builds upon it to greater things. However, much of the pathways of the world will often lead to more and more sin. There is no foundational ‘right’ way of living for the world. Each person chooses one’s own pathway of what is right or wrong.
God has chosen to set a path for a person to walk in. That path is one of righteousness and holiness. He originated it with the Law to point people to the need for salvation outside of their own works. Later God completed the pathway through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
People were unable to walk the path of righteousness of God on their own, so God sent Jesus to make a way. He removed their sins and then sent the Holy Spirit to give them strength and guide their steps.
Believers who choose to follow Jesus will be able to walk in His footsteps on the pathway God has set before them, leading them to eternal life with Him some day.
Each and every day you are on a pathway through this life. The world offers many different paths in which you may choose to take. God offers one path. The world’s path may have temporary satisfaction, but in the end it leads to death. God’s holy and righteous path leads to peace, love and eternal life. God will not force His path upon you but offers it to you. All you must do is be willing to walk in the righteous path He has made for you. It is completely up to you which path you will choose to take.
Which path will you take?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will accept the path God has for you; that you will see the righteous path of God and walk in it; and that God will guide your every step.
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