Rest as a Test


by Mike Ratliff

Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ (Jeremiah 6:16 ESV)

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14 ESV)

Much of John Bunyan’s tale within his masterpiece The Pilgrim’s Progress deals with the consequences of Christian and his companions leaving the narrow path for an apparently easier way. Even though we are new creations, the foolishness of our flesh bound years is still within us. Our circumstances seem to be tools of our enemy meant to move our direction and focus away from Christ and the narrow way onto the temporal and more ‘practical way.’ However, we are commanded by the writer of Hebrews to do otherwise. Continue reading