John, September SOAP Journal

Choosing a Path to Take ~ John 3:19

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Scripture ~

The Light from heaven came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than the Light, for their deeds were evil. ~ John 3:19

Observation ~

This scripture is telling us that there is a distinct choice we make while living on this earth: We either embrace God’s Light and walk in it, or we embrace the world and it’s selfish and sinful ways and walk in that path instead.

  • The mistreatment of others to gain financial wealth.
  • Parents neglecting to nurture their children and their needs, and instead live a life that brings them pleasure.
  • The obsession with the Internet and all it offers – news, social media, opinions and debates of others.
  • Easily neglecting marriage and giving up vows out of boredom or desires for someone else.
  • Ignoring the way God intended marriage and gender to be, and instead allowing anything and everything as acceptable.

All of these above statements are what the world holds and clings to right now. There is nothing to debate or question, it is simply a matter of God says one thing about these issues, and the world claims another way. It is a fact that the tangible Bible that we hold commands a path for holy living, which is opposite from the world’s path, which commands self-centered living.

Application ~

It’s clear that you can’t take both paths – God’s path and the world’s path. I guess in a way you could, by picking and choosing a little bit from God’s path and a little bit from the world’s path, but this makes one lukewarm in everything they do.

So here’s the choice we’re given –

Walk in the Light or walk in the darkness.

Walk along God’s path or walk along the world’s path.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~ Robert Frost

I can apply John 3:19 to my life by choosing to walk in the Light. To choose to cling to God’s way and His Word instead of clinging to the self-centered standards of worldly living. To literally cling to God, knowing I don’t know all the answers and I’m not perfect, but I can choose what I cling to, what I hold on to, what fill my time and attention to.

I can’t control what path anyone around me chooses, and sadly, some who are closest to me choose not to walk in the path of Light. All I can do is choose the path I will take, and do the best I can do in my walk. Hopefully, through example and prayer, some who are not on God’s path will cross over eventually.

Prayer ~

Lord, your way is narrow. Not many walk along your calm and peaceful path – little distraction. simplicity. love. truth. selfless ambition. shutting out the world’s noise and embracing your quiet wisdom. But I choose to walk along this path you’ve paved for me. A path that shines with Light above and grace below. May You keep me on Your path. This treasured, less traveled path. ~ Amen

*Can you believe we’re already in the second week of September! That means we’re half-way through SOAPing September’s chapters. I get so much out of the SOAP method, I hope you are too!

We’ll be back next week to continue reading through God’s Word with you!

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