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I follow Paul Tautges, – biblical counsellor and author – on Twitter and on his blog. I always appreciate his encouragement, inspiration, advice and commentary on a variety of issues.This morning, he introduced a new concept to me – that of “walking in a wide place” and I’ve been thinking about those words all day.Please take a quick read of what he shared.I Shall Walk in a Wide Place

Posted: 23 Mar 2015

“I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts” (Psalm 119:45).

This verse struck me a couple weeks back when I was working through Psalm 119. “What does the phrase ‘walk in a wide place’ mean,” I asked. In the margin of the ESV, Proverbs 4:12 is noted as a cross reference: “When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.” Here’s my conclusion, what I wrote in my journal.

To walk in a wide place appears to mean that the way of wisdom—the way of the Word—is the way of God’s blessing. Not that God’s way does not include many, many difficulties (Jesus said, “Hard is the way…”), but when God opens a door, He opens it wide; He does not merely crack it open. Instead, He throws it open and man cannot shut it (Revelations 3:7). When God throws open the door of His will in our lives, it will seem plain, easy to walk right through to the other side—by faith. That seems to be what walking “in a wide place” means.

Lord, cultivate the discipline of obedience more consistently in my life so that I may walk in a wide place.

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I like the idea of “walking in a wide space” – it speaks of adventure and opportunities to explore. The space is wide but it’s not without boundaries. There’s freedom in obedience.

There’s a future and a hope in walking wisely.

Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. 
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4.6,7 NIV

 

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