To drive along the twists and valleys of a country road is as good as a holiday when you have time to enjoy the outing. When you’re on a mission? … not so much. A straight line trumps meandering if you have to get somewhere.
We’ve had heaps of snow this winter. I’m not about to shovel an S-curved path to the barn. By the end of February it’s not perfectly straight, but close, and I heft as little of the white stuff as possible.
In the spiritual journey an individual may choose to wander and investigate many roads. Life, however, does have a way of presenting constraints. The urgency can be a person’s desperate desire to have questions settled. Troubles for which human abilities offer no solutions also draw us to the throughways.
The Lord Jesus didn’t mess around with philosophies. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV) Proverbs 8:17 states, “those that seek me early shall find me.” (KJV) A circuitous route is not necessary.
From the get-go we can choose to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead. (Romans 10:9) Then, in Christ, we share all that He won in His victory over the adversary.
To our natural minds, the process seems backwards. Man wants the evidence first. Then he will believe what is proven. Father God’s way is that we believe first, then confirmation comes to our senses. Once we open our hearts and minds to His amazing love, He will give the assurance that we’ve found the truth that satisfies. (John 14:21) This may be the perfect time to take the direct route.