A scripture and thought for the coming Sabbath as the sun sets…
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. – Matthew 7:13 – 14
I think about this scripture a lot. I probably have an odd outlook on it.
When I look at human nature, I can’t help but notice that it tends to run to excess, or from ditch to ditch if we continue the road analogy. Be it in religious doctrine, political opinion, environmental or social ideology, etcetera, the world seems to constantly go from one extreme to another depending on which person you speak to. From those who believe that God doesn’t exist to those who believe that He chooses what toothpaste they use, the extremes get a little crazy. As Americans in general, we are even excessive in our eating habits and vices.
We can see extremes are violent in the nature around us. Why can we not see that our extremes are just as destructive? God has created nature with its own ways to heal its extremes and reobtain balance, but it is in man to choose his own way. If we do not check out extremes, then they just continue on and on. Some could say they die with us, but that’s not true. They live on, effecting the lives of our children and others who were in contact with us.
What does all this have to do with the scripture above? I think that it is saying God’s way is narrow because it is finding the balance. Knowing how to correctly judge something, but also knowing how to grant mercy and forgiveness. Knowing how to love someone enough to require a standard of them. Knowing how hate evil deeds but still be compassionate in the proper way. Helping the poor, but not enabling them to reach for better things. I believe that, to be in God’s path, we have to find this balance. I believe God’s way is a very narrow footpath between two great ditches of human nature.