The “Man in the Maze” is a familiar image in the land of the O’odham people. Though interpretations differ, the labyrinth design reminds us of the many choices we must make as we journey through life. We are wise to pause and consider the path on which our choices are currently taking us. Someday we will give an account to the Creator who formed us and designed us with the need to depend upon Him for wise counsel. Without His guidance and direction, it is not possible to get through the maze of this life and to enter the next life that He has prepared for us. The God of all creation has provided for us important truths for our life’s journey.
Man was created in the image of God as a spiritual being and was intended to have a personal relationship with Him.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28
Man made a sinful choice and went the wrong direction (Gen. 3:1-6).
“Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Proverbs 14:12
Man was separated from God and needed His help.
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
“When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, Then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk…” Psalm 142:3
“…for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
God loved man in spite of his sinful choice to go his own way.
“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you..” Jeremiah 31:3
“…He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world….” Ephesians 1:4
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“…the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:9
God established one way for man to come to Him; it was through His Son, Jesus Christ.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”
I Timothy 2:5
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
God provided His Son Jesus to die for the penalty of man’s sin.
“For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
Jesus’ death on the cross gives man a new life, a new direction, and a new destination.
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world.…” Ephesians 2:1
“You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself.…”
II Corinthians 5:17-18
God gives man the ability to choose his own path or to choose God’s way.
“And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the Lord; Behold I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.” Jeremiah 21:8
“Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.” Deuteronomy 11:26-28
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” Isaiah 55:7
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” Acts 3:19
“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
God’s way leads to eternal life in His presence.
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10:28
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions:if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” I John 5:13
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:f or the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Following God’s way is simple.
1. We simply admit that we have sinned against God by choosing our own path, and we ask Him for forgiveness.
2. We believe that Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross, arose from the grave, and has taken our sin away.
3. We pray, accept God’s forgiveness, and begin experiencing a new life following His path.
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