I broaden the path beneath you so that your ankles do not turn. This shows how intricately I am involved in your life-journey. I know exactly what is before you, and I can alter the path ahead of you to make your way easier. Sometimes I enable you to see what I have done on your behalf. At other times you are blissfully unaware of the hardship I have spared you. Either way, My work to widen the way before you demonstrates how lovingly I am involved in your life.
From your perspective, My workings are often mysterious. I do not protect you — or anyone — from all adversity.
Neither was I shielded from hardship during my thirty-three years of living in your world. On the contrary, I willingly suffered unimaginable pain, humiliation, and agony on the Cross — for your sake! When My Father turned away from Me, I experienced unspeakable suffering.
But because I was willing to endure that excruciating isolation from Him, you will never have to suffer alone. I have promised: I am with you always!
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” — Matthew 27:46 NKJV
…And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. — Matthew 28:20
You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn. — Psalm 18:36
Excerpted with permission from Jesus Calling for Easter by Sarah Young, copyright Sarah Young.
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