The Road to the Happy, Blessed Life:
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost:
- I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence:
- Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by
- And that has made all the difference
Often, the references to roads in poetry are metaphors to make us think of our lives and how we live them. Even Jesus used this metaphorical sense in talking about roads when He said, “Enter by the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Everyone wonders: how do we find the road to a happy, blessed life? Jesus said that this road is the road less traveled by – that there are few who find it – and that it will make all the difference, for this is the road that leads to life. Let’s take a closer look at these two roads in Psalm 1.
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Matthew Henry says, “Psalm 1 is a Psalm of instruction concerning good and evil, setting before us life and death, the blessing and the curse, that we may take the right way which leads to happiness and avoid that which will certainly end in our misery and ruin.”
This Psalm describes what kind of a person will have a blessed life. The word blessed means happy, prosperous, to be envied. If we want to be blessed, there are certain things we must do.
HOW DO WE FIND THE ROAD TO THE HAPPY, BLESSED LIFE?
1. Don’t take your advice from sinners – don’t live your life according to the wicked system of this world, because there is no blessing there. The world will tell you that the only way to be happy is to seek pleasure and sin, but there is no lasting happiness to be found there.
2. Do delight in God’s Word – instead of walking in the advice of the ungodly, a blessed man delights in God’s Word – reading it, studying it, and living by it.
3. Do meditate on God’s Word day and night – if we want to experience the happy, blessed life, then we must meditate on the Word of God every day – not just on Sundays, or when we feel like it. Joshua 1:8 says, “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.” Do you want to prosper and have good success? It only comes by living your life according to the Word of God.
Today, you are standing at a crossroads, just like the man in Robert Frost’s poem. Two roads diverge in a metaphorical wood. You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it. Take the narrow road – the road less traveled by. It will make all the difference in your life!
Pastor Chris Jordan