There is a very old Scottish melody that comes to mind when I see one path climb higher than another. The lyrics from The Bonnie Banks O’Loch Lomond say; “Oh, ye’ll tak’ the high road and I’ll tak’ the low road.” I more often than not find myself taking the low easier road. Although, these particular paths are deceiving in the vineyards behind the house. The lower road is actually the more difficult one as it becomes much steeper around the bend!
“Taking the high road” is also a saying that can mean walking the higher moral ground, exhibiting honesty and selflessness. It signifies a choice that is harder and takes more consecrated effort.
Our verse for today is part of Paul’s prayer for the Colossians. As believers we are to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. In doing so we will be pleasing to Him. Our good work will have fruit and our knowledge of Him will increase. This is walking the high road. It is a road that takes much more effort.
The low road is easy. There is no effort involved. In walking it, there is no thought about pleasing Him, only ourselves. But the good works done will bear no fruit. Our knowledge of Him does not grow. No pain, no gain.
Everyday these two roads present themselves in the choices of the day. Do I strive to please Him and walk in obedience? Or am I being lazy and enjoying a leisurely stroll on the low road. Today, may I enjoy His pleasure on that high road!