Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Proverbs 3:15-17 NLT
The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over. Proverbs 4:18-19 NLT
The only thing that is harder than being saved is being lost! The only thing harder than obeying God is disobeying God. The upward path may be more narrow but it is also more pleasant. The downward path may appear to be easier but it is hard and painful.
In order to go in the path that leads to destruction, there is no need of searching for the way; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad, and the feet naturally turn into the path that ends in death….
But the way to life is narrow and the entrance strait. If you cling to any besetting sin you will find the way too narrow for you to enter….
Yet do not therefore conclude that the upward path is the hard and the downward road the easy way. All along the road that leads to death there are pains and penalties, there are sorrows and disappointments, there are warnings not to go on. God’s love has made it hard for the heedless and headstrong to destroy themselves. It is true that Satan’s path is made to appear attractive, but it is all a deception; in the way of evil there are bitter remorse and cankering care. We may think it pleasant to follow pride and worldly ambition, but the end is pain and sorrow. Selfish plans may present flattering promises and hold out the hope of enjoyment, but we shall find that our happiness is poisoned and our life embittered by hopes that center in self. In the downward road the gateway may be bright with flowers, but thorns are in the path. The light of hope which shines from its entrance fades into the darkness of despair, and the soul who follows that path descends into the shadows of unending night…..
If we take Christ for our guide, He will lead us safely. The veriest sinner need not miss his way…
Christ Himself has trodden the rough way before us and has smoothed the path for our feet. Ellen White, Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, Pages 138-140.