We Have All Walked the Wrong Path
“They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
When we contrast God’s path with the path of the wicked, it’s easy to take pride in choosing the right way. We may be tempted to think, “I’m pretty great. I walk God’s path while much of the world happily follows the path of the wicked.” The Pharisees in Jesus’ day had a similar response, and nobody wants to keep that kind of company!
The Bible clearly teaches that no person—besides Christ—ever perfectly followed God’s path. Every one of us has sinned and fallen short of God’s standard (Rom. 3:23). Not only have we corrupted ourselves, but we’ve also contributed to the corruption of others. God’s evaluation, as He searches for those who seek Him, is echoed in Psalm 14:3—no one does good.
The truth of our depravity should humble us before our God, and remind us of our need for His mercy and grace. We lament with Paul (Rom. 7:24), Peter (Luke 5:8), Isaiah (Isa. 6:5) and others, “Oh wretched man that I am! Who can save me?” If we follow the way of righteousness, we certainly don’t deserve credit. Our Savior rescued us, and all the credit belongs to Him.
How did our Savior move us from our natural, sinful path to God’s way? Isaiah 53:6 provides the answer. The verse first acknowledges the problem—“all we like sheep have gone astray.” Then, it shows God’s solution. He took all of our sin and placed it on the crucified Christ, who took our punishment. Through this gift of salvation, God moves us from the broad way, which ends in destruction, to the narrow way, which continues into everlasting life.
Final Thought: Thank God for putting you on the path of life.
CJ Harris is the managing editor for Positive Action, where he helps plan, develop, and launch Bible curricula for churches and schools. Having served as a youth pastor and Sunday School teacher, he has a passion for teaching young people about the glories of their God. A bit of a history buff, CJ received his Ph.D. in Church History in 2011, based on a study of Reformation-era missions philosophy. He and his wife—also a student and teacher of history—have two sons.