"Driving Tips for the Narrow Road"

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By: Glynnis Whitwer
Proverbs 31 Speaker

Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (NIV)


My son is learning to drive and it is challenging for me. I find myself leaning hard to the left from the passenger's seat of the car. You know the type of nervous-passenger move when you are sure something bad is about to happen, and somehow you think you can stop it – or at least move away from it. My son still has to pry the car keys from my clutched fingers. And yet I know he needs the practice, so into the big boat with wheels we go. It's not that he is a bad driver, it's just he has a nerve-wracking tendency of drifting to the right.

It makes no difference which lane he’s in. He consistently drifts over the dotted line or too close to the curb. As I try to help with my leaning, cringing and bracing for impact, I wonder when the lanes became so narrow. They seem wider when I'm driving. Now they are closing in on us as we barrel down the road.

The narrow road is breathtaking, in the scariest sense of the word. A wrong move brings the promise of unpleasant consequences. I know from personal experience. As I ponder this concept, I wonder, is it possible to stay on the narrow road? Jesus clearly calls us to it in Matthew 7:13-14, "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

But can we do it?

Jesus believes so. He knows the road to a faith-filled life isn't easy, but it is possible. As I've thought about staying true to my faith in Christ, I realize I've given my son some driving advice that applies to my own life:

Stay alert to who is around you. Choosing the right friends is essential to staying true to our faith. It's amazing how a friend's suggestions or words can take us on a detour from where we want to be. Yet the right words and encouragement can bring joy and peace.

Keep focused on the road ahead. Knowing where we want to be spiritually is a big step in the right direction. Having a vision of what a Christ-follower looks like helps us follow through.

Don't be overconfident. Overconfidence in our own power and abilities is very dangerous. Every time I think I've got a problem under control, I rediscover how much I need God. Remembering my desperate need for a Savior keeps me on the right path.

We've been called to a different life as Christians. We don't walk the same road the world walks, and at times it feels scary and uncomfortable. Yet the good news is we've been given other Christians to walk beside us and help keep us focused. Although I may not relax when a beginning driver is in control of the car, I know I can relax because God is in control of my life. Recognizing that, the narrow road isn't quite so intimidating.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, You know how much I long to stay on the narrow road in my faith. Yet I find myself drifting across the dotted line too many times. I know I can't do this without You. Please help me be the woman You have called me to be. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:

A Young Woman’s Walk with God, by Elizabeth George

Do You Know Jesus?

Think About It:

What are some common areas you find yourself crossing over the line?

What are one or two habits you can establish to help you stay true to your faith?

Live It:

Identify an area of your life that you know is crossing the line of where you want to be. Make a decision to change one habit or activity this week that will keep you on the right path in that area of your life.

Power Verses:

Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." (NIV)

Matthew 25:21, "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" (NIV)


© 2009 by Glynnis Whitwer. All rights reserved.

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2 Comments:

Blogger LeAnn said...

This is an awesome devotion, Glynnis! I love the advice at the end. These are great things to ask yourself... no matter what your age.

Blessings,
LeAnn

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One habit I've been developing is to spend time with God. I know this is crucial to my walk of faith and oh so important. Even when it seems like my to-do list or something else is more so, its not.

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