This week’s guest post is written by Nicola Reeve, who writes beautiful devotionals on her blog EagleSight. Nicola has been a follower of Christ since 1976, and lives in the Midlands of England, UK. I am blessed when I read EagleSight posts, thus I am thrilled to welcome Nicola as this weeks guest writer…
The Rocky Path
I have recently been giving some thought to rocky paths – I know it seems a slightly strange thing to contemplate, but I often find that the Lord Jesus brings such things to my mind when I am walking, and I then start to meditate on truths from His word.
One of my favourite places to walk also happens to be this rocky path between the fields near my home. To me it is a particularly beautiful path which winds its way through the fields leading gradually upwards and then winding down again through woodland and back home.
This rocky path reminds me that Christ Jesus is the true Rock – the rock of My salvation. Jesus is himself the path of righteousness that I follow faithfully to find and walk with God. Jesus is the Way to God. Jesus is the firm foundation of My faith and I must not depart from that truth. Just as the rocky path is firm underfoot so is Jesus my Rock – totally dependable and sure. My hope is in Him alone. His saving power and grace at work in me and in you too by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus the Rock signposts us to God. From ancient times and even today, stone piles or cairns are often used to help people find paths especially in deserts or other dry areas where the paths are not easily seen because of the terrain – find the rock stack or cairn which can easily be seen from a distance and you find the path. The same is true for us – find Jesus the Rock and follow Him and you find God and you learn to walk in His ways. Ways of righteousness, justice, mercy, humility and love.
However, people who did not understand the true purpose of the rock stacks started to build their own stacks in various places – it can be tempting to start to build your own stack as you travel – but doing this led people who were looking for the true paths being diverted off the trail and into dangerous terrain. It can be so tempting to start your own path or look for a short cut but what starts off promising much can quickly lead not just you but other people astray and into danger. If we should wander from The Way, then there is a way back. Jesus our faithful shepherd will call us and lead us back to Him. He will restore us to the way of Truth in love and mercy through His never-ending grace.
As believers in Christ, we are warned that there will be false apostles and false teachers, false prophets and prophecies – deceivers who will preach a false and different gospel which we must reject and instead “contend for our faith”. Dear brothers & sisters in Christ let us guard our faith in Jesus and His saving grace zealously, keeping true to the gospel of Jesus Christ and not being led into false ways. As it says in Scripture “In the last times, there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the people who divide you, who follow their natural instincts and do not have the Spirit (Holy)” (Jude 1:17).
As we walked along the rocky path today, my husband stumbled over one of the stones. He did not fall though. I was reminded that to those who do not believe, Jesus is a stumbling block – a rock of offense but to us who believe in Him, He is the one who has saved us through His death and resurrection and brought us life in all its fulness. He sustains us and upholds us. We do sometimes fall into sin because we can be weak, but we know that when we confess our sins, turn away from wrong then He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.
Let us never fall for the lie though that says we can live as we please and keep doing wrong because of grace. As the apostle Paul says “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!” (Romans 6:15) and also “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy…how much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace” (Hebrews 10:26-29).
Grace is not a licence to sin.We are called to walk in the way of Holiness as He who has called us is holy. Let us not trample Jesus’ sacrifice underfoot as we walk that rocky path. If we have fallen into that trap, then His hand is not too short to save us still. When we truly repent, He is faithful to forgive us and restore us. God loves us so much that He always wants to draw us back to Him.
We also have great confidence that if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and follow His example then we will keep walking on that straight and narrow path. Jesus is the only one who can truly stop us from stumbling into error because He is the Truth.
“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy” (Jude 1:24)
Let us all be encouraged that Jesus will present us before God as His spotless bride – pure and spotless washed clean by His blood – we will be without fault.
Many people have travelled on this rocky path before us as an example to us. Hebrews 11 tells us of their exploits. Enoch, Noah, Abraham & Moses were amongst those all commended for their faithful walk with God. Just like you others walk alongside me at different times and seasons – some are constant companions of The Way. I can learn from their stories and they can learn from mine. We can encourage and support each other along the path.
How lovely will it be when in that day we meet our dear Saviour Jesus face to face and hear those words “Well done, good & faithful servant”.
Let us keep our confession of faith until the end of the road.