Pathway Weeklies

The devotionals below give you a once-a-week dose of the Pathway Devotionals series that Dr. Larry Ashlock publishes daily. (For more information, click here.)
Week of September 12
September 12th, 2021
I watch short videos that people post on social media. They are usually captioned with “Wait for it,” which means that there is a surprise ending. In a sense, this psalm may be captioned with the words, “Wait for Him!” The hymn writer wanted those worshipers to grasp the importance of longing for and waiting until God fills us with the full blessing. How wonderful it is to serve such a God! The ps...
Week of September 5
September 5th, 2021
A desperate plea emerged from Afghanistan and made the headlines. A stranded interpreter said, “I know I’m going to get killed.” Few, if any of us, have lived under such duress, so we may find ourselves emotionally detached from the plea of the psalmist today. Here is a thought. Picture your most desperate cry for help in a moment of crisis, the words that you used to express your despair, and you...
Week of August 29
August 29th, 2021
Henri Nouwen writes, “Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.” John knew the significance of hospitality that was rooted...
Week of August 22
August 22nd, 2021
“We are living in a fear epidemic, stoked in part by a 24/7 media that makes tragedies from around the world seem part of our everyday experience, or makes a global pandemic appear to be crouching at our door. We live in a time of great uncertainty, when important things that we once thought we could rely upon, like a job for life, have been taken from us” (David Knott, The Psalm 23 Life). In simi...
Week of August 15
August 15th, 2021
Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), the famous black jazz musician and trumpet and cornet player, would croon, “Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen,” and I somehow felt encouraged. I’ll explain why in a bit, but this lyric could form a banner that hangs over John 14:1-4. Jesus did not sing about troubles, but He sure showed His followers how to overcome them. He provides comfort to His disciples, followi...
Week of August 8
August 8th, 2021
“We often learn more of God under the rod that strikes us than under the staff that comforts us.” Now, how is that for a devotional wake-me-up?! I hardly wish to awaken the first thing of a morning and read that God, out of His mercy, must discipline me quite severely! Nevertheless, two of our primary passages record the fact of God’s impending judgment of Judah, and subsequent exile to Babylon. T...
Week of August 1
August 1st, 2021
Jesus will not be herded in the direction that we choose, nor will He be corralled by any of our life circumstances. There! I have stated a core truth about the Lord. This means that the Savior, the one who would not utter a word to call down angels to feed him while He was being tempted with hunger, or a legion of the heavenly host to rescue Him from suffering on the cross, will not speak one wor...
Week of July 25
July 25th, 2021
A woman once told me that her prayers were bouncing off some heavenly barrier. Her petitions were not getting through. She reached out to me because she could not discern the cause of heaven’s silence. I cannot recall her exact situation, but I do know one reason why people do not have good communication with the Heavenly Father. They are not spiritually attuned to Him. James chapter 4 examines wi...
Week of July 18
July 18th, 2021
It has been said, “Trials come to prove and improve us.” They are for our ultimate benefit. God does not permit trials to be like some bottomless ocean into which Christians sink, never to surface again. Our Pathway Devotional for July 15 touched upon the relationship of faith and trials and suffering. May I ask you to consider something? I hope that I have earned your trust! Christ knows what you...
Week of July 11
July 11th, 2021
“Worship is an act that develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God that is expressed as an act of worship” (Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction). Our corporate acts of worship testify to the glory of God and provide an open invitation to the world to join us. God is worthy of the praise from all creation, and we provide an important catalyst to worship Him.The Psalmist kn...