The Pryor Times

July 5, 2012

Why are rivers crooked

On The Go

Steve Lay

— It is amazing how many scientific facts were revealed in the Bible hundreds of years before man ever discovered them.  For example, Job stated that there was an empty space in the north, that the earth hangs upon nothing, that air has weight, and that there are springs in the midst of the ocean.  Isaiah wrote about the circle of the earth, and David wrote that the oceans have natural paths in them.  Solomon knew about the water cycle when he wrote in Ecclesiastes 1:7, “All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; to the place from which the rivers come, there they return again.”

How did these men know these scientific facts hundreds of years before scientists discovered them?  The logical answer is that they were inspired by God.  This is one reason why it is reasonable for us to believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God.

There is an important lesson about rivers running into the sea.  Have you ever considered why rivers are crooked?  Is it just so they would have greater beauty?  When you think about it, the answer is rather obvious.  Rivers are crooked because the water takes the course of least resistance.  Whatever route is easiest, that is the way it will go.

Man often does the same thing.  He goes through life taking the easiest path, without ever considering where that path will lead him.  Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”  Jesus wants us to realize that life is a journey that leads to one of two destinations.  It either ends in eternal punishment in hell or in eternal life in heaven.  Before choosing the road we will travel, we need to see where it ends.  The course of least resistance may make rivers beautiful, but that course does not make man beautiful.  The easy course usually ends in disaster.

Moses could have had an easy life, growing up as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  He could have enjoyed great riches in the king’s palace in Egypt.  That would have been the easy course to follow.  But in Hebrews 11:24-26, we find that he turned down that life because he recognized that the pleasures of sin were only temporary.  He also knew that at the end of that road was a destination he did not want.

Because of his faith, he decided to travel the more difficult road of being afflicted with God’s people.  He looked ahead to his reward and determined that God’s riches were greater than all the treasures in Egypt.  Although he would have to travel a more difficult road to get there, he knew that was where he wanted to go.

As we travel life’s road, we would do well to look ahead to the end and see where we are going.  Even though the travel may be more difficult for awhile, our faith should lead us to choose to follow God rather than to simply go along with the crowd.  Jesus tells us that the majority will end up in torment because they are taking the easy way.  Those who take the course of least resistance will be crooked just like rivers.  And, just like rivers, that course will take them downhill.  The longer they stay on that course, the lower they will go.  Which direction is your life taking you?  Where are you going?

Life on earth is extremely short, compared to eternity.  Our souls will live eternally in one of the two destinations.  That is why Jesus asked in Matthew 16:26, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Do you really want to be like a river?  Before choosing the course you will take, think about where you want to go.