Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers. Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving... Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. (Proverbs 4:14, 15, 25, 26)
I once heard someone say that turning back begins with a turning of the head to look in a different direction and as we continue to look in that direction we turn our body around and then, lastly, our feet begin to walk on a different path.
That is so true of backsliding and wrong choices. The easiest time to stop is right at the beginning. When the thought, the desire, the temptation first comes into your mind or your heart, that is the time to turn away. The longer you think about it, the stronger its grip becomes.
The above verses underline this...
‘don’t even think about it. Turn away and keep moving’.
If only we would do this, what a lot of trouble we could avoid! The resentment or anger wouldn’t take a grip and fester inside us; the allure of something wrong wouldn’t waft a sweet perfume into our beings... the longer we look, the stronger its grip becomes.
‘Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on what lies before you’
We could add to that. These words come from the Old Testament but we can say ‘fix your eyes on the One who goes before you - Jesus Christ Himself. He is stronger than anything that can come against us. But we need to look STRAIGHT ahead and FIX our eyes on Him. There are choices here. Commitment is needed and then He gives us the strength to follow it through.
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