“The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, You make the way of the righteous smooth. Yes, Lord, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for You; Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.” Isaiah 26:7-8)
Cheryl likes walking along the beach and through the woods, however, she prefers to walk on level ground. When the paths are hilly and full of roots and holes it is more difficult to walk. Cheryl has to keep her eyes down, watching where her feet are going. She can’t hold her head up and enjoy the scenery for fear of stumbling.
Living our lives as God wants us to live alleviates the anxiety and worry which can plague us. Knowing what God expects of us, and then obeying Him, removes those roots and holes Satan want to put in our way. Being righteous allows us to hold our heads high and enjoy what God has provided.
If we are not following God’s ways we have to keep looking at our feet, anticipating things which can cause us to stumble and fall. The evil one loves that. He wants our lives full of obstacles which would cause us to trip. The devil wants us focused on ourselves. He prefers we watch every move we make. God, on the other hand, desires for us to stand tall, looking straight ahead, focused on His leading.
When you wear a breastplate it is difficult to bend. You’ve seen movies of Roman soldiers marching into battle. As they advance they are looking straight ahead. They’re not trying to bend over their breastplates to watch where their feet are going.
As we wear the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS we can be assured our path is level. Instead of worrying about each step and being afraid we’ll fall, we can concentrate on the battle with confidence, knowing the Lord will keep us upright. The choice before you is whether you are going to live a life in Christ and hold your head high, or not follow Him and have to watch every step you take.
Search your heart. Are you letting Satan jumble things up causing you to worry about falling or is your heart filled with the Lord leading you on a level path?