S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 NLT
The prophet Isaiah helped the Jewish people understand God’s heart for them: “O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left. Then you will destroy all your silver idols and your precious gold images. You will throw them out like filthy rags, saying to them, ‘Good riddance!’” Isaiah 30:19-22 NLT
Jesus describes the choices in life like two roads.
God is looking for his people to put the brakes on the forward momentum of following culture into moral destruction and make the shift to new Kingdom values, morals and behaviors.
“Enter through the narrow gate.” This indicates that it is a personal, intentional, and difficult decision. Have you made a personal decision to follow Jesus?
What sacrifices are you willing to make to be on the narrow road that leads to life?
“Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you.” What does that teach us about God?
Understanding that God’s relationship with everyone is personalized, how does God guide your life?
Lord, thank you for being with me during thick and thin. Thank you for teaching me the path of life! Help me listen for your voice and follow your guidance in my life!