Growing In Faith
A shortcut is a quicker way of doing or achieving something. It is deviating from your original route in the hope that it enables one to arrive more quickly at a desired destination. The problem with shortcuts is they often end in disaster.
Many people want to direct God instead of surrendering themselves to be directed by Him. They want to show Him the way instead of submissively following where He leads. They want to take shortcuts instead of the long way. Many times we don't ask God if the shortcut is good for us, we just go! We need to remember what Proverbs 3:5-6 says (NIV), "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."
Some seek a shortcut to joy and inner-peace by using alcohol and drugs. Many seek a shortcut to love and self-esteem through unrestrained sexual activity or one meaningless relationship after another. Many seek a shortcut to prosperity and success by lying, cheating and through criminal behavior. We may think these shortcuts will get us to our destination quicker, but such deviations always end in disaster and leaves us feeling empty, guilty, or unfulfilled.
God wants us to be fulfilled and happy, but to reach this destination we need to follow the established path He has ordained. God’s way is long for a reason – capacity must come before blessing. We often think God is trying to stop us from having fun. This is not true – He is actually trying to lead us to the place where we can experience real joy, love and prosperity. Psalm 107:7 (NIV) says, "He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live." God's desire is always to lead us to a place of safety and not harm.
God knows that our shortcuts in life inevitably end in disaster. When we seek shortcuts, we only hurt ourselves in the long run. We cheat ourselves of the blessings of God that are found in the long road. If we trust in God and follow His established paths (Biblical doctrines) and do our best not to deviate (sin), we will ultimately arrive at a place of true inner-happiness, integrity and self-esteem.
So know that the road you walk will be bumpy. It may leave you bruised and broken at times. Know that choosing to follow Jesus does not mean that everything will be peachy-keen for the remainder of your days, but that it will be filled with goodness and hope, even when the road seems long.
Trust His path, trust His road, trust His plan. Take comfort in the fact that following Him will lead you to light, to hope, to a forever future in His arms.