When a major storm comes along, everyone has their eyes on its path. It makes a big difference in people’s lives as they watch the path.
They prepare for loss of power and water, plans for evacuating and other such things. Most all realize the importance of following the path of the storm and being prepared.
This same interest should be paid when one thinks of eternity. It is important to pay attention to the path one is on when following God.
Jesus said of this, “But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9).
Men had added to the teachings of God. If this could happen in the time of Christ, surely it can happen now. Jeremiah wrote, “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jer. 10:23).
God has provided the path for mankind to follow and it should be watched closely.
God in his word has told man, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deut. 4:2).
“Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar” (Prov. 30:6).
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev. 22:18, 19).
God knew that man would try and change his word. When the word is changed men follow the wrong path.
Mankind will be judged by the words of Jesus, who said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
How terrible it will be to for a zealous follower of a religion to find out on the day of judgment the path they have been following was not God’s.
The Psalmist wrote, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Following the word of God will lead one in the right direction. It is the desire of God that all men should be saved, he does not want man to follow another path.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim. 3:16, 17).
Following this path will lead one to heaven.
God has provided the path to follow and has given examples of those who followed it. Read the book of Acts. The people heard the word – they believed, were willing to repent of their sins, confessed that Jesus is the Son of God and were baptized for the remission of their sins.
God has said his will must be obeyed. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 7:21).
God has provided the only sacrifice that can remove sin – Christ. Follow the path that God has set forth and heaven will be the reward.