I have been thinking recently about the movie “The Wizard of Oz”. Dorothy needs to go to Emerald City and meet with the wizard to find her way home. The munchkins break out in a chorus of “follow the yellow brick road.” The words “follow the yellow brick road” keep popping in my head. I can picture so perfectly Dorothy coming to the crossroads and both paths are paved with yellow bricks but the way she must travel isn’t marked and she must decide which path to follow. Many religions can be likened to these crossroads. They each claim to get you to heaven and they each mark out a different road to travel on. So which of these paths are right? Can they all do what they claim to do and give you your ticket into heaven?
“The only way to end up at the right destination is to choose the right road” Wiersbe, Be Skillful!
The Bible frequently pleads with us to choose the right path but our society says there are many paths. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). Jesus made it clear that there are only two paths: the pathway of destruction or the pathway of life. “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13-14).
Wisdom invites us to search for her and when we seek her we will find her. (Proverbs 2:3-5). We must seek the path of wisdom only for to do anything else would be foolish. In the KJV version “path” and “way” and their plurals are found over one hundred times. Wisdom is a path that leads to an everlasting life while Folly leads to destruction. While taking the narrow path that leads to life Wisdom will bless us with three wonderful assurances: 1) Wisdom will protect your path, 2) Wisdom will direct your path, and 3) Wisdom will perfect your path.
Every person in this world is on one of the two roads mentioned. Either he/she is on the narrow road that leads to life or he/she is on the wide road that leads to destruction. Other religions only offer a false hope. They cannot do what they claim to do. These other paths to ‘enlightenment” only steer people further and further into darkness. The people on these paths are headed to their destruction.
So I must ask now which road are you on? Examine your life; examine your heart. God said “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
Memorize: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13.
Dear Father in heaven I am eagerly searching for You. Open my eyes, my mind and my heart so I may truly see You for who You are and for who I am. I want to know You more. In your holy name I pray.