Off Course

The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. – Isaiah 26:7-8

 
For those who struggle to surrender their lives to God, these are difficult words to accept.  Those people will wonder how it is that simply following God will make their path level and smooth – free of the many troubles that the world can bring.  However, for those of us who know this to be true, we see this demonstrated every day of our lives through the power of God actively working on our behalf.  We don’t control this, nor do we trigger it.  We simply benefit from it through our submission to it.  In fact, the only thing we can do when it comes to altering it would be to lose the blessings that come from God by walking away from His path.

 
Why would we choose to do that?  Lots of reasons I suppose.  For starters, we sometimes get fooled by the enemy who wants to lead us away.  Satan realizes that he doesn’t need to take us miles and miles off course.  Just a slight turn and we begin a process that takes us away from our intended destination.  His trick is to veer us off course in so subtle a way that we don’t even realize we’re headed the wrong way.  By the time we realize that slight variance, we’ve ventured far from our path.

 
Consider this: If a plane’s course is just one degree off from its intended destination, it will be 92 feet off course for every mile it travels.  Now I know you’re thinking – so what?  That’s about the length of a basketball court.  But tell me, when’s the last time you took a one mile flight?  Over time that gap will increase.  In fact, after traveling just 53 miles, the plane is a full mile off course.  On a flight from New York to Los Angeles the plane would be over 46 miles off course.

 
Other times different directions look more appealing or the path may seem less appealing than our alternatives.  There have been many times where I have found myself flying back to Detroit wishing the plane could be diverted to Aruba.  Doing so would be great – warm, sunny beaches are appealing.  However, no job, no home, and no family are less appealing.  We don’t always make the right decisions: we choose to pursue something contrary to God’s will or we choose to ignore the word God is speaking into our lives.  Either way, we make our journey more difficult.

 
We must strive every day to guard our hearts so that we make wise choices regarding our path.  The wisest choice is the simplest choice – to follow God’s plan.  However, the simplest choice is not always the easiest.  I pray that you will miss nothing that God has brought into your life because we know that everything He provides is designed to be a blessing to you.  May your eyes be open and your heart ready to receive every good gift God has in store for you today and for the rest of your life.

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3 Responses to Off Course

  1. Amy says:

    Rich,
    awesome words!!! The Lord has been placing Phil 4:8 on my heart for my family and the youth that I volunteer with.

    Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

    I am trying to live this in my actions, in what I watch on TV, in my words, and every thing that I do.

    If we live this passage then we will stay on His path. thanks for confirming what He has been placing in my heart.

  2. Wonderfully put. While staying on His path may not be the simplest or most immediately gratifying answer, there’s no question that each step we stray away from Christ’s footsteps makes our journey longer and more difficult. May we all have that focus and purpose in our lives.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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