Many times the Bible mentions ordinary paths – the routes a person walked in order to travel from one place to another – as a metaphor to describe the human experience and God’s intentions for his people. To walk on a path, both literally and figuratively, involves choosing it and remaining on it until the individual arrives at the intended destination. So the paths on which we choose to “walk” (or “live”, in our English usage) reveal our focus and portray the character of our lives. We either walk on God’s path and choose to obey and trust him faithfully, or we take another path and make different choices. Let’s explore the two main paths emphasized in the Bible – God’s path (the way of the righteous) and the path (way) of the righteous.
- Read each verse below. Write down your observations about the paths one may choose in life so that you build a picture or profile of each.
|Psalm 18:30-36||Proverbs 4:26-27|
- When the Israelites were at last ready to enter the Promised Land, they were well trained in walking God’s path. Yet Moses was still concerned about the path they might choose in the future. In his final plea to them to keep walking on God’s path, how did he describe the difference between walking on the two paths? (See Deuteronomy 30:15-19)
Suggested memory verse: Psalm 119:103-105
How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.