Thursday, January 8, 2009

Do Not Enter

DO NOT ENTER. The sign reads very clearly and prominently at the on/off ramp of a local highway that I pass on my way to work. This week those words just struck me like a handwritten message from God.

How many of us would ever think about intentionally going the wrong way on the exit ramp? Do not enter - simple enough. Why would we want to? After all, we are likely to get hurt or to hurt someone else. Can you imagine the stress of going the wrong way down the freeway with cars and semis coming at you at speeds well over 65 mph? If we happened on there by chance, I believe most of us would pull over, back up or do whatever we needed to do to get going in the right direction.

So why is that when God gives us directions, we decide to go the wrong way anyway. It seems to me that when we go the wrong way in life we are probably going to get hurt or we will hurt someone else. It certainly has been my own experience in life. My decision to go in the wrong direction at various points in my life has caused plenty of dings and outright crashes along the way. I've hurt people.

The government posts a sign and we heed its warning. God not only gives us directions, but he shows us the blessings and the promises of obedience to Him and we still intentionally get on the wrong ramp - even going full speed ahead at times. Just who do you suppose has our best interest at heart. If the government cares enough to tell us which direction not to go for own safety, don't you suppose that God might care a little more.

Galatians 1:3-4a "Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age." Seriously - it is still good to know that if and when we find ourselves going the wrong way down the highway of life that God is there to rescue us.

Humbly Seeking His direction,

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