On the Path
Where are you on the path of life? Back in the ’60s, there was a Diana Ross song called “Do You Know Where You’re Going to?” The next question was ‘do you like the things life is showing you?’
The thing is, too often folks get so used to doing the same old things, living the same old ways that even though their life may be painful it’s what they know.
They may be in a bad relationship but something is better than nothing. Or, often in the middle of your own life, you can’t manage to step back and analyze what the situation is, and find a better solution.
In watching a show lately, there is a husband and wife heading for divorce. They’re both yammering at each other about their problems. The audience could probably solve the problem, but doubtfully the couple ever will.
There’s enough selfishness to go around, for one thing, and we are living in an age where people have lost their center. In one scene the adopted daughter makes the statement about ‘people promise—but they don’t keep their promises’.
We know there are times when fate intervenes and although a person has the intention of keeping a promise they are hindered, but there are also quite a few times when a promise isn’t valued.
I’m reminded of the times in the scriptures when a promise is made under false pretenses, such as the Gibeonites and the Israelites. Even though the Israelites should have asked counsel of God they went ahead and made a covenant without such counsel.
Yes, they were deceived by appearances. Yet, God still held them accountable to the covenant they had been tricked into making. The people were not happy with their leaders, but that was not a consideration.
A Properly Centered Life
As the Charlie Brown cartoon, where Lucy tells Charlie “We would all be happier if we listened to God”. That’s where our center should come from.
Doing the right thing isn’t always easy and doesn’t always make us feel great. It is, however, always the right thing to do.
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”
(1 Samuel 16:7 KJV)