“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

Romans 9:33

While exploring some High Sierra trails, my best friend and I discovered a 21-mile day hike that we hoped to come back to another time. Most of the trail was at altitudes above 10,000 feet which would present a challenge for us living at sea level. On the advice of more qualified hikers, we spent several months planning carefully and attempting regular practice hikes. We encountered lots of opinions about how to approach this trail, some of which seemed downright foolish. Thankfully, we realized the only way to successfully make the summit was through preparation and training. 

People like to make their own plans about how they will approach God. In a sense, they want to blaze their own path to heaven. This is why Jesus’ exclusive statements about Himself are so offensive. When He says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” He confronts the foolishness of those trying to reach God their own way. But He also comforts those who seek to know the true path to eternal life. 

Scripture Focus

John 14:5-14


Father, increase my faith in you, and decrease the temptation to rely on myself. Thank you that in Jesus I know I am on my way to eternity with you. Amen

Bible In A Year

  • 1 Chronicles 22-23
  • Psalm 4
  • Matthew 5