Often, the question arises as to why there is so much evil in the world, yet God is said to be so good and powerful. Many people do not believe in God because they cannot fathom how a good and almighty God would allow so much evil to occur in the world. Why is there suffering? Why can’t everything go right and we all live happily ever after? These questions fall under the concept of the problem of pain or the problem of evil.
In this lesson, we will talk about the “way” and how it influences our lives and the entire Earth. We will focus our attention on the ultimate way, which is the WAY of God, and how the absence of God’s WAY in our lives is directly proportionate to the condition of the world today.
What is the Way?
Matthew 7:13–14 (NKJV) —  “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Proverbs 3:5–6 (NKJV) —  Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;  In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
A way is a road we travel in life or our course of life. It denotes the underlying principle of how we live our life. For example, a person might follow a godly way of life or an evil way of life. Jesus reveals that one way leads to life and the other to destruction.
Consider more insight from Scripture.
Psalm 1:1–3 (NKJV) —  Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
Notice the reference to walking (as on a path). Standing in the way of sinners implies one of two things depending on how you look at this passage. First, it means the course of life that we have already described above. The second is the road to salvation. In other words, we don’t get in the way of people trying to get to Christ. In either case, the word way represents a road or path; however, the first perspective is more consistent with the passage’s context.
Only One Way
We can follow only one path or way. For example, you cannot live a godly and evil life at the same time. Consider the following passage.
Matthew 6:24 (NKJV) —  “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Either we follow God’s way or not. We either walk according to the Kingdom of God or according to the world system.
We must live the way of God. Know God and his word to govern your life according to his kingdom. The kingdom of the world will not lead to life. However, Jesus Christ will.
Living by God’s way affects how we treat each other, how we deal with problems, how we deal with good times, how we manage our money, time, and life. You could think of it as the fundamental principle we govern our lives.
True life is realized through faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, the way to the Father. Therefore, eternal life comes from following God’s way to salvation and the course of your life.