Have you wondered what the Bible says about paths? How does the Bible define a path? How do I get on the right path with God? And how do I stay on the path?
These are all questions we will dig into right now.
What does the Bible say about paths?
There are actually 84 verses in the Bible that are about paths (ESV). There are paths that lead us closer to the Lord and others that go the wrong way and further from Him.
Definition of a path in the Bible
There isn’t a specific verse that says, “Here’s the definition.” We can learn the definition of the word itself and how it is used.
The word path in Hebrew is ‘orach,’ which means way, road, or a way of living. That is a common definition that we would use today for paths.
What does the Bible say about the path God has for you?
The path that we all should be taking is one of righteousness. I love that Proverbs says that the ‘path of righteousness is life.’ (Prov 12:28 ESV). When we are doing what is right, or the righteous life, we will be living life. I would describe it as a full life.
Those who aren’t on God’s path are living life too. But it isn’t a good life. Proverbs 2:15 says, their paths are crooked, and they are devious in their ways. I imagine that life is full of heartache, misery, and anger.
These verses in Proverbs are so rich! We obtain knowledge and understanding from the sound wisdom that comes from God. He is a shield to those who walk in the right way. He guards the path of the saints and watches over their ways (Prov. 2:6-8 ESV). This makes me feel safe, how about you?
Bible Verses about Paths: How to get on the Right Path with God
In talking about God’s wisdom and right living, it should come as no surprise to you that the right path will mean studying His Word.
1. God’s Word Lights the Way
When we are unsure where to go, God’s Word will lead the way. We can study it and the instruction will help show us the way.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.Psalm 119:105 ESV
2. Keep His Commands & Receive Benefits
When we keep His commands, we have a path that is full of God’s loving-kindness. And His faithfulness gives us stability and peace. He will be by our side and provide for us.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.Psalm 25:10 ESV
3. God’s Path is Pleasing
When we follow His path and the commandments He wants us to obey, we find that this way is pleasing to us. We want to do what He wants as we know that it will result in blessings.
Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.Psalm 119:35 ESV
Studying God’s Word is how you get on this path and stay on it.
What does the Bible say about Staying on the Path?
We need to acknowledge Him in everything we do. That is how we stay on a straight path (Prov 3:6 ESV).
There will be times when life will throw us curves. We have to determine how a righteous person would respond. And at times, that is so hard! We want to run, we want to yell and cry out in anger. That was part of my story when my job changed a few years ago. When it first happened, I was angry, in shock, and crying. Not just a few drops sliding down my cheeks. There were buckets of tears folks!
I knew God had a plan. But I felt that I had failed and had to go through a time of accepting what happened and forgiving those who I felt had wronged me. I had to accept the new path in front of me and move forward.
The Path of Life
God’s Path is the best path as it leads to life and full joy. I love, love, LOVE this verse in Psalms! It really sums “paths” all up! I know I have posted this picture and verse before, but this verse is worth repeating. And one I recommend memorizing.
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
- Read Proverbs 2:6-11. List all the things that God does for us.
- List all the things that we need to do.
- As a result of both of our actions, what will God do for us in vs 9-11?
- For an extra stretch, continue reading vs. 12-22 and list all the things that God will do for us.
- Spend time thanking God for all these great promises!
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