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Friday, March 22, 2013
In Lancaster County we have a lot of barns. They are usually white or red but I saw this photo of a gray barn in our friend Nick Nichols collection. We like that because it's the same color as our utility barn!
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"The Right Path"
"The heart is deceitful above all things" (Jeremiah 17:9). "Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path" (Proverbs 23:19).
Today we are in northern New York where we are visiting our long-time friends Jeff and Lois and their children. Jeff was in our church in northern Pennsylvania before we each moved from that area in the early nineties. He is a forester and today we hope to participate in the Lewis County Maple sap harvest. Of course this sap is used to make genuine maple syrup!
This weekend we also hope to take a nice walk along a path in the foothills of the Adirondack mountains or perhaps along the shores of Lake Ontario or the Saint Lawrence Seaway. We understand they still have snow on the ground up that way so we were reminded to bring boots and winter woolens! We generally have mild winters here in Lancaster County and don't have the winter clothing we used when we lived in northern Pennsylvania.
As the weather warms up we will be making our local walks along our favorite walking path that begins on a tractor trail right across from our home. We enjoy having a variety of walking trails.
There are many paths in life that beckon us. But spiritually there is only one path that leads to spiritual and eternal life; the path of righteousness. There are many other paths that ultimately lead to death, however pleasant they may temporarily be along the way.
An example of sin's deceitfulness is the way it takes hold of our lives when we're guided by our feelings rather than the absolute truths of God's Word. The writer of Proverbs 14:12 put it this way: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." The Lord Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).
"Listen, my son, and be wise." The writer of Proverbs is referring to listening to God's truth, that which will make us truly wise. This wisdom speaks not only of head knowledge but also heart knowledge or godly understanding. This wisdom is not a result of any degree of innate intelligence or formal education as the world reckons it. In fact there may be no correlation between these characteristics and attaining godly wisdom. As Romans 1:22 states, "Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools."
"Keep your heart on the right path." For all of us who earnestly seek to follow Christ this is a simple seven word phrase to keep before us each day. There are so many distractions and disturbances that seek to get us off the right path. We need to listen intently and obey the Voice of Truth. We can hear this voice through the Holy Scriptures which are able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (see 2 Timothy 3:15).
I will conclude the message with one more Scripture verse that supports today's emphasis, "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" (Proverbs 4:23).
"But the Voice of Truth tells me a different story.
The Voice of Truth says 'Do not be afraid'.
And the Voice of Truth says 'This is for My glory'.
Out of all the voices calling out to me.
I will choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth."
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, even as a spring lake bubbles forth with fresh, clear water may my heart be like a wellspring bubbling forth with light and life. May the choices I make today reflect the Voice of Truth that points me in the way of life everlasting. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Among the verses we considered using today is this one: "The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day" (Proverbs 4:18).
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"The Voice Of Truth" Video Casting Crowns
"Show Me Your Ways" Video
"This Is My Desire" Video Michael W Smith
Mike is a friend from one of our companies who uses a whiteboard at his work station to share a spiritual perspective. Every couple of weeks he puts up a new message!
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