Friday, August 31, 2012

Don't Look Back

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. (Proverbs 16:17 NKJV)

I find this verse very interesting. A highway is an easy road to travel. It is long and straight, with very few turns or bends. One can travel for miles on it without so much as turning the steering wheel. The lanes are broad and wide, leaving plenty of room for error. It is paved smoothly and evenly, with the least amount of bumps so as not to trouble the occupants of the traveling vehicles. No road is so easy to traverse as a highway.

This verse tells us that to travel through life easily as on such a highway, we must depart from evil. Pondering this is quite interesting as well. To depart means you must first have been in a certain place. We have all been evil: lost in our sin without a Saviour. Once lost, but now found and saved. Since we are now the righteous, our instruction then is to depart from evil - depart and leave the ways of sin which we were accustomed to, behind.

Lot and his family lived in an evil city. Yet God had mercy on them and gave them a straight way of escape out of the city and out of the way of Sodom's destruction. However, though they had left the city, Lot's wife turned back to look whence she had come, and it was her undoing.

If you have made the decision to leave the city of evil, _don't look back._ Keep your eyes on the goal ahead and keep your feet on God's highway. Don't be lukewarm. Make up your mind as to whether you truly want to leave the city, and then don't look back.

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