Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He teaches sinners in the way. (Ps 25:8)
I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. (Pro 4:11, emphasis added)
Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jer 6:16, emphasis added)
They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness . . . (2 Pet 2:15, emphasis added)
From the Scriptures shown above, we can clearly understand that God has given His people the “right path” and a “good way” in which we should walk. He gives us direction and guidance through His Word, and our Lord Jesus served as our highest example. (See Isa 30:21; 58:11; 1 Pet 2:21-22)
The Word points out to us that the right way is a narrow and challenging one.
Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Mt 7:14)
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (Joh 10:1)
The gate is called narrow and challenging because the gate into the right path is through Jesus Christ, alone. He is the only “door” into the sheepfold. Let us look at what more Jesus said about this:
Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. (Joh 10:7)
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (Joh 10:9)
Even in this day and age, there are those who don’t want to hear the name of Jesus. There are many who speak against Christianity and Christians. The Good News of the gospel of salvation is unwelcome in many places, therefore following the Lord isn’t always popular. If you’re known as a Christian, it may bring about harassment, mistreatment, or discrimination against you.
Nevertheless, as long as we stay on the right path, God promises to bring us safely to His eternal kingdom. (2 Tim 4:18) And He will bless and prosper us along the way.