76. Wrong Way; Do Not Enter

“It happened again yesterday,” Stan said.

“What happened?”

“Near our house there is an off-ramp from the freeway.  If a person is not careful, he or she can drive down the off-ramp and head the wrong way on the freeway.”

“That is what happened again yesterday.  Someone went the wrong way and was killed in a head-on collision.”

“Aren’t there any warning signs?” I asked.

“Oh, yes, there are big ones.  They say ‘Wrong Way’ and ‘Do not enter.’  But they are too easily ignored by someone not paying attention.”

Stan continued, “This is the same in life in general, and particularly in my relationship with God.  There are warning signs all over the place, but if I choose to ignore them I am definitely heading in the wrong direction.  I am in danger.”

“Going in the wrong direction will not put me in danger of losing my salvation.  My salvation is assured because I have accepted the finished work of Christ on the cross.  But that does not mean that I cannot be going the wrong direction on this side of eternity.”

“And going in the wrong direction here puts me in danger of not being who and not doing what God has for me to be and to do.”

Stan then concluded, “I have to be constantly aware of the danger in going the wrong direction and following my way, rather than His way.”

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There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Proverbs 16:25.

Prayer:  Lord, I am constantly in danger of going the wrong direction.  You know that, and I now that.  Jesus is the way, the only way.  Please help me so that I keep going only in the direction you have for me to go.  Help me in being only who you intend for me to be.  Amen.

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