This week, our church family’s blog thought is shared by Larry Scott…
The good news is, we can learn to avoid the potholes, the pitfalls, and the detours by obeying God and keeping our eyes on His Son, Jesus Christ.
If you happened to experience winter in Memphis this year, you might have seen this sign posted on Interstate 40 traveling east and west in Tennessee. Roads don’t seem to last as long as they use to, but they still take us to places we want to go. The idea of potholes being so numerous on the interstate tends to grab our attention. Perhaps, you are like myself and many others who for a time learned to dodge these numerous pitfalls along our journey into and through Shelby County. Life is much the same way. We are all travelers with a particular destination in mind. We may want to just make it through the elementary years of our education to reach the point in time we will be in the sixth grade. As soon as we reach that goal, though, we are hurried off into the junior high years with all the necessary woes of passing through the teen years with its conflicts. When we finally reach high school we learn quickly that the choices of yesterday will influence the later years of college or even our involvement in graduate studies. It seems that all those numbers, equations, rhythms, literature studies, history reports, occasional spelling bees and even a remote understanding of how our English language works can affect the outcome of our lifelong decisions of employment. We will remember all along our path of education, that there were certain potholes or pitfalls, which we must avoid. Some of our friends made wrong choices and have now entered into a very difficult life.
The Bible, the Word of God, contains words of wisdom from the creator of all things. He has given you and me instructions for this life with the expectation of a life to come. The writer James asks plainly, “For what is your life?” He responds, “It is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” This passage comes from the context of James 4:13-16 where we are reminded of the brevity of life and our need for guidance in using every day to its fullest potential, ultimately in the service of God. During this short life of existence here and now, we often face potholes, pitfalls, and detours that distract us from our real purpose in this world. The Old Testament King, Solomon says, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or bad.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) Solomon had tried everything that life had to offer. After all was said and done his conclusion was to fear God and keep His commandments. If we would enjoy life to the fullest and gain the most happiness, then it must be in service and obedience to the Father in Heaven.
There are so many potholes and pitfalls and detours along the way that can hinder us in a daily walk with God. Our lives can be hurt with the influences of those who choose to live only for today. The devil, Satan, can so dress up things in this life that we are blinded to the final outcome of this lifestyle which ultimately separates us from God. Choices we make today can help us or hurt us. Someone who was tempted to try illegal drugs didn’t start out with the intention of becoming an addict. Someone who was tempted to take that first alcoholic drink never believed they would become more than a “social” drinker. Someone who entered into a life of immorality never thought they would find themselves being a prisoner to the wants and desires of others. There are pitfalls along the path of our journey. The young teenager who is only wanting to fit in, so quickly will compromise their integrity just to be a part of the “in crowd”. The early years of college can be fun years, but can also be a time when we are away from our families and we involve ourselves in activities that can scar us for life. Young adults, men and women, can be drawn into a life from which it is difficult to retreat from. They learn to frequent places that are harmful to them in so many ways. Families can be torn apart, because of wrong choices. Marriages between a man and a woman can be shattered and sometimes can never be the same because of infidelity. The allurement of this world can ensnare our hearts and minds and pull us away from God.
The good news is, we can learn to avoid the potholes, the pitfalls, and the detours by obeying God and keeping our eyes on His Son, Jesus Christ. Investigate the church of Christ today!