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Isaiah 2:1-5

Following God’s Path

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Isaiah 2:1-5

Following God’s Path

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Photos of bighorn sheep

Today I’d like to talk with you about bighorn sheep. They are huge animals that live high in the mountains of North America. (Show photo.) As they grow older their horns curl into a circle and these horns can weigh as much as thirty pounds. That’s much more weight than you could lift.

Their hooves are in two parts that separate to allow them to walk and jump on the steep and rocky side of a mountain. The hooves are hard at the outer edges and soft in the middle. This helps them keep their balance and also prevents them from sliding on the slippery rocks. Didn’t God think of everything in the way these bighorn sheep were created?

During the summer they stay high up in the mountains and then, in winter, travel down lower on the mountain where there is less snow and more food. When they do this they travel over the same narrow paths that their parents and grandparents used for many, many years.

You may wonder what bighorn sheep have to do with today’s Bible lesson. Listen carefully. The prophet, Isaiah, talked about a place where people could come and worship God. He said that at this place God would “teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths” (2:3).

What do you think it means to walk in God’s paths? Yes, God gives us directions that help us find our way to a good life. When we come to church to worship God we study, we pray, and we learn how to follow God.

Just as the bighorn sheep follow the same path, year after year, we too are given directions to a way that allows us to become the best that we can be. What could be better than walking in God’s paths?

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan