The forest path dipped down a hill and the trees crowded close to the trail. I stopped, catching my breath, and leaned against a pine. The oppressive humidity weighed me down, and all I can think of is, that it is like sin.
When has lying ever blessed your marriage or relationships?
When has living opposite of what God intends ever made things right between you and Him?
When was the last time you apologized to someone for being wrong or hurtful?
When has the results of your choices ever hurt or confused others?
I started forward down the path and heard the hum of hundreds of bees. I stopped and listened. Should I go forward or turn around?
Your choices are like that–go forward with YOUR plan, not His, or turn around and follow His plan?
I wish I could tell you that making this choice would be easy. I remember how hard it was when I was dating. I was a rebel and I sinned. My parents taught me the practical reasons why not to have sex before marriage, but moralism didn’t strengthen me against the temptation that came with being an adult and dating. Without a belief in your heart of Jesus of the Bible, not having sex before marriage because your church might ostracize you or forbids it, or because it’s against your religion is not a good enough reason.
I chose to turn around from the path I was on, and turn my life over to Jesus.
As I walked away from the humming bees, I recalled the sweet moment when I gave Jesus the control I thought I had in my life. Things look pretty hopeless these days with Christian persecution on legal and unthinkable levels, but I believe in a God who has a plan. I believe He keeps His promises.
All I have to do is to trust and obey.
“The truly happy person doesn’t follow wicked advice, doesn’t stand on the road with sinners, and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful. Instead of doing those things, these persons love the Lord’s instruction, and they recite God’s instruction day and night! They are like a tree replanted by streams of water, which bears fruit at just the right time and whose leaves don’t fade. Whatever they do succeeds,” says Psalm 1. It continues to speak how this is not true of the wicked.
We tend to think of the wicked as terrorists or murderers. What about you and I?
Are we truly repentant in our lives?
“Lord, give us strength to be strong,” sings Andrew Peterson when I get home and turn on Pandora. “This life is not long, but it is hard.”
Don’t walk your path alone or deceived. I prayed for you.