Embracing Unpopular Truths

“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14 

In a world where skepticism and doubt often clash with faith, I’m reminded of a story I once heard of a brave woman on an airplane. This story serves as a reminder that embracing the truths of our faith may not always be met with open minds. 

Imagine a fellow traveler, an intellectual skeptic, eyes filled with disdain, seeing the woman next to him on the plane immersed in the Bible. An encounter unfolds as a brief exchange of beliefs, with the man challenging the woman’s faith, particularly questioning the seemingly unbelievable story of Jonah and the whale. 

Her response to his question, though simple, carries profound wisdom. “I don’t know how it happened; I guess I’ll have to ask Jonah when I get to heaven.” In those words lies a recognition of the mysteries of our faith, an acknowledgment that some things are beyond our understanding, and faith itself is a journey of discovery. 

The truth about heaven and hell, as outlined in the Scriptures, often encounters resistance in today’s society. A Gallup poll reveals that merely 60% of Americans believe in hell, with a mere 4% admitting they might be headed there. These statistics may startle us, but they underscore a profound reality—that the Christian path is a counter-cultural one. 

Jesus, in Matthew 7:13-14, urges us to enter through the narrow gate, reminding us that the road to destruction is wide, with many walking it, while the path to life is narrow and challenging, with only a few discovering it. This teaching may raise eyebrows, and questions may arise about the fairness of a loving God allowing people to end up in hell. 

Yet, let us remember, faith often involves embracing truths that challenge the status quo. The God we serve is both loving and just, and His ways are higher than our ways. Instead of shying away from the unpopular truths, let us embrace them with humility and a recognition of the limits of our understanding. 

As you navigate your faith journey today, be encouraged to stand firm in your belief, even when faced with skepticism. Let the woman on the airplane inspire you to acknowledge the mystery, embrace the truth, and continue walking the narrow path, knowing that God’s ways are perfect, even when they may seem unconventional to the world around us.

We are grateful you took the time to read this devotion. Subscribe now to have new devotions delivered to your inbox each day.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Sign Up for daily devotion

bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Recent Posts