Too many people seek the easy way. It reminds me of when I asked Lonnie Chan to slide across our row of school desks. He began slithering across the desks when our fourth grade teacher, Ms Guffy, spotted him. She pulled him off the desks and asked what he was doing. Lonnie replied, “Richard told me to be a Chinese inch worm.”
Ms Guffy scolded us both: “Just because Richard told you to jump off a cliff doesn’t mean you have to do it. You have to do what’s right.”
The first words recorded in Scripture of God speaking to Joshua were simple: Moses My servant is dead … Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:2, 9). Following in Moses’ footsteps wouldn’t be easy.
It’s tempting to take the easy route in life. Doing what’s right – the will of God – is never easy, but always best. In times of uncertainty, we can remember the many who walked the way of righteousness before us: Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Isaiah, Paul. Jesus also walked difficult roads before we did. Each suffered along the way, but their reward was worthwhile. The God who walked with these, walks with us. We can also be strong and of good courage.
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).
++ This is part 6 of a Monday series: Jesus in every book of the Bible.