People would surely have to agree that the wide and broad way has become the wider and broader way these days and that’s why the world is in such a mess! There are so many choices that people can made that weren’t there before, so much so that you can do just about anything and you’ll find a crowd of people that will take you in whereas years ago a lot of these choices were frowned upon. And so to say that the wide and broader way is wider these days is something of an understatement, so much so that words fail you to even describe just exactly how wide the wide way is!
They used to say, “the wicked are like the troubled see when it cannot rest” but these days, the wicked are more like raging waves of the sea foaming out their own shame that cannot rest so going in at the broad gate is very very dangerous because in there, evil men and seducers are waxing worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. Aside from this, we have the information highway and the more knowledgeable who are forever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the truth. We’ve all been given individuality and sovereignty and so we are all supposed to make choices of our own but there are many manipulators and cunning wolves standing around the entrance to the broad way and even in front of the narrow way and so we have all of these wolves in sheep’s clothing, both political and religious, who are trying to trick us and take away our choices and even through the movie industry and the world wide media, the whole thing boils down to propaganda and manipulation and people trying to make your choices for you and so it’s reasonable to call all of this mind control.
People might think they are making their own choices but the real truth is that other people are making your choices for you. People are so unguarded over their minds, they have been so whipped up into a frenzy of stupidity that you could say their minds are like sponges; a sponge will suck up anything and absorb anything that you throw it into. If you throw a sponge into clean water then it will absorb clean water, if you throw it into dirty water then it will equally absorb the dirty water. People just think, “well if everyone else is doing it or saying it then it must be right!” and so people who buck the tide and go down the narrow way are laughed at. A lot of people have probably never read what is says in the book of Revelation about the serpent (Satan) who opens his mouth and a flood of water comes out of his mouth, it goes on to say that the earth (people of the world) opened its mouth and swallowed up this flood of water, or in other words, this flood of lies that comes out of the serpent’s mouth and so what these verses are telling us is that if everyone else is swallowing it then it must be wrong so don’t get sucked in or swept along by these strong currents or by these literal floods of lies because in the broad way it’s all floods and raging waves of the sea, all foaming out their own shame – the whole thing has become gross and a loss of innocence! Everyone has heard of the word “gluttony” and they usually associate this with greed – well yes, there is greed in the broad way but there is also a glut to do evil, a glut for bad behaviour, a glut for sensationalism, a glut for excessiveness, a glut for pleasures, a glut for self-worship and selfies etc., a glut for selfishness and overall a gluttonous Me Me society – so everything has become gross in there.
So where does God stand in all of this? And where does Jesus stand in all of this? The narrow way stands as it always has stood and always will stand, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever! So there will always be a way out for those who are weary of sin, all this world can ever teach you is to hate it and so some people look for a better way, but watch out here because there are many counterfeits, the devil is great on counterfeit and there is much much forgery in the broad way and plenty of sugar coated lies so just because something tastes sweet on the outside it doesn’t mean that there isn’t poison on the inside! The real truth is that in the midst of all of this madness, we have a very very long suffering God and a God Who always keeps His promises. God promises that He will always be longsuffering and that He will always keep every one of His promises. In the broad way you can’t trust anyone and people don’t keep their promises but with God, He will always keep His promises, He never slacks off and the same is of course true of Jesus, He will always be merciful to those who want mercy and want love and so we read here in 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
So maybe you are one of those people who have always felt lost here in this world, perhaps you feel you are something of a stranger and a pilgrim passing through and you don’t belong here, you hear all the loud voices all around you and all the ranting and raving telling you it’s this way or that way but you found none of this ever seems to make sense and you have this inner voice inside of you that keeps saying, No No No, a millions No’s and No again because you don’t want to listen to these high pressure salesmen, you don’t care how wonderful they say it is, to you it is just trash trash and more trash so you’re even just sick of throwing it all in the bin – you’d rather just avoid it all! And so you have chosen to go your own way and keep away from it all. Well, Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me” – “And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him; for they know not the voice of strangers.” So don’t feel so alone, the Lord really is longsuffering to us-ward, His hand will always be out to those who want to take it, so take His hand and go through the narrow door – Jesus said, “I am the door, if any man enter in, he shall be saved and go in and out and find pasture” – in and out and find pasture means that Jesus will put you in the right field and with the right people that you are meant to be with!