It’s So Easy to Get Lost, Isn’t It?

How many times do I hear the tales of woe from those who have departed the pathway of righteousness? How many times must I witness the plight of those who wander from the ways of God,  watching them walk out into the swamps of misfortune and/or sometimes end up in the Valley of the Shadow of Death?

Each time, it leaves me shuddering. Each time it takes me back to the moments when I was standing at the verge of two totally different pathways. Each time it reminds me that only by the grace of God, did grace intervene! Each time, my Lord’s voice whispers recollections of how I was spared months, years, or perhaps even a lifetime of misery.

It is so easy to get lost, isn’t it? Many of the people who end up dying of exposure in desert areas become lost and eventually succumb to the harsh conditions, because they could not retrace their steps back to safety. When everything around you is unfamiliar, it can so disorient a traveler that it leaves them without any landmarks to follow for a return trip.

In an August, 2009, article from National Geographic News quoted a study by the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics. The study pointed out that when people are lost, they naturally tend to walk in circles, especially when walking in a forest. Subjects lost in deserts tended to walk in circles also, or just veer off course.

So why is this important for us? Simply, it means there is good reason to become alarmed when those we love are, “veering off track,” so to speak. There are many who lose their way and (although they do not realize the danger zone they are entering) keep going, simply because they cannot seem to find their way back to safety.

We grieve when we see loved ones leaving the way of God’s blessings, because we know what awaits them. Proverbs 14:12 says: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

Veering off the straight and narrow comes naturally to us, because of the fall that occurred in the Garden of Eden. Fallen humans simply cannot keep a straight course. We must have a compass, or some other instrument to keep us focused on the goal.

In the same way, spiritually, it is so important for us to stay anchored and rooted in God’s Word and in His Church. Without these God-given instruments for guidance, we are going to stray from the, “old paths, where the good way is,” as it says in Jeremiah 6:16.

Why am I spending so much time on these words of warning? Because it is far easier to stay on the right path, than it is to try and find your way back once you have strayed away. Hopefully, I will be seeing you on Sunday.

Blessings & Peace

Brother Dan
 

“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.’ But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.'”

                                                                                                                                                -Jeremiah 6:16-17, NKJV