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It’s a Jungle Out There! Are You On the Right Path?

A missionary arrived in a foreign land and was trusting a ‘guide’ to get him to his final destination. As the guide continued to wack away at all the underbrush, the missionary finally asked, “Where are we? Where are you taking me? Where is the path?” The guide simply turned to him and said, “I am the path.”

And so it is with God…He truly is our Path.

I read this story in Dori Drabek’s blog, Celebrate His Love. It reminds me of the Scripture that says,

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105 NASB

We are all following a path somewhere. It may be a path to wealth, popularity, knowledge, or something else. But if God’s Word (the Bible) is guiding our path, we can be sure of this:

  1. We will be blessed. Psalm 119:1-2
  2. We will have wisdom, insight, and understanding. Psalm 119:98-100
  3. We will know the truth. Psalm 119:160 and John 8:31-32
  4. We will have peace. Psalm 119:165

These are just a few of the promises to those who love God’s Word.

These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.” Isaiah 66:2 NIV

I fear that, for some, it is plain laziness that causes us to rely on books about the Bible instead of studying the Bible itself. Or perhaps we think listening to TV preachers can replace Bible study. I know there are excellent Christian books out there, but unfortunately, many best-sellers are not sound. And many popular preachers do not present sound theology.

There is another problem, too. Many new Christians are led astray by false teaching in their eagerness to learn all they can about their new life in Christ. Those who write or recommend these books should consider the words of Jesus.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.” Mark 9:42 NIV

If that doesn’t make you want to be discerning, I don’t know what will!

Every word about God or that supposedly comes from God must be carefully tested and examined in light of the Bible.”

Tim Challies

One of the wisest things I ever did was to read the Bible in a year. This was an idea presented to my church by our pastor in 2018. I highly recommend it!

You can do this easily right from your cell phone with the Bible App, YouVersion. Most of the time, I read my actual Bible and use the app to check off the chapters as I read them. Occasionally, I listen to the chapters read aloud from the app. And sometimes, I read right on my phone.

Many different Bible reading plans are available in the translation you prefer. My favorite plans are: “as it happened” – a one-year chronological walk through the Bible and “NT in a Year” from the Bible Project. I am reading them both right now.

I have to confess, I’m 6 days behind schedule but hopefully, I will catch up. But even if it takes me longer than a year, I still will have read the whole Bible (and the NT twice)! It has been easier than you would think. I hope you will join me and read the Bible in a year.

It is only through knowing God’s Word that we can be sure we are on the right path.

“I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from The Savior of the world is communicated to us through this Book.”

Abraham Lincoln

With Love, Cindy

Do you want to know more about Jesus? Click this link to learn more: Who Is Jesus?

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11 thoughts on “It’s a Jungle Out There! Are You On the Right Path?”

  1. Hi Cindy, I just want to be sure to clarify… That story is not an original. I believe I read it years ago in an old Max Lucado book. I’m sure I misquoted it…for he is extremely eloquent…but the message of the story is the same. Thank you so much for reposting. I am honored!

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  2. Reading the Bible in a year is a great idea – and very doable. Once our pastor challenged us to read the Bible in 6 weeks, and that was a challenge! Although there were aspects of that journey that taught me some things, I doubt I’ll try that again. It was like trying to eat a six-course meal in five minutes.

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    1. 6 weeks would be hard to do! I love the idea of considering each book as a whole and considering the entire Bible as a whole. And when you read it in chronological order, you begin to understand the timeline. Thanks for commenting. Blessings, Annie!

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