Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Way Of Grace And Truth

"And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, 'Be gone!' " - Isaiah 30:20-22 ESV

Who is the hidden teacher? Is it Jesus and His way is grace and truth.

The path He shows us is a particular path. This path runs through every day and circumstance. It is not a path of right or wrong or better and best. It is a path of grace and truth. God keeps showing it to us. It is a upper highway where we proactively walk in rest and move in forgiveness.

It is God's path not ours but it is not rigid. At times it is very narrow and other times it is very wide. We choose to go right or left. God teaches us to listen to His voice.

"Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." - Matthew 7:13-14 ESV

Jesus is the narrow gate. God directs us here. This is a door we must path through. It is so narrow that our good works and bad must stay behind they will not fit. Our old life must stay behind and only our soul passes through this gate.

"But there the LORD in majesty will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor majestic ship can pass." - Isaiah 33:21 ESV

"Oh let the house of Aaron say, 'His lovingkindness is everlasting.' Oh let those who fear the LORD say, 'His lovingkindness is everlasting.' From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place. The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?" - Psalms 118:3-6 NASB

We enter a narrow gate but God sets us and directs us to the way of grace where mercy is new every morning. It is like an open field or a place of many streams and rivers flowing in a certain direction that must be navigated.

When we find this Teacher we no longer want our idols. They get left behind. They become heavy, clumsy and represent something we no longer want or need. There is a new way to walk.

The way of grace and truth awaits us today. It runs right through our day and into forever. It is where Jesus is walking. We can walk with Him there.


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