The #BigRead13 Day 4
You can find Day 4’s post from the #BigRead13 here.
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
We’re asked to reflect on how easy it is to fall off the straight and narrow, and to pray that we won’t do so. Proper, traditional Lenten stuff. The prospect of drifting away from God all to easily.
Perhaps even the prospect of Hellfire and damnation? Ah yes, for today’s CS Lewis link is to the Screwtape Letters. For the uninitiated, Screwtape is a senior demon, writing to his nephew Wormwood, a junior tempter. Screwtape is giving Wormwood advice as to how to lead The Patient astray. In today’s letter, Screwtape advises that the safest road to hell is the gentle one – echoing the wideness of the gateway in the Matthew quote above.
What then are we to make of this? Well, Lent is as good at time as any to try and turn, little by little, towards that narrow gateway. I won’t be reaching out for “just another chocolate” because I won’t be reaching out for the first chocolate. And when I was in the office at 8pm last week, I did feel hungry, and knew there was a tempting vending machine round the corner. But I knew I’d promised I wouldn’t. And I’d promised that to God. And that made me think, albeit fleetingly, about God at a time when I’d normally be thinking only of whether the broken overhead wires had been fixed and how long it’d be taking me to get home.
So, let us seek out those opportunities to turn to God. To look harder. To do what is harder. To know that if we do, there will be one God there, our strength and our redeemer.