Choosing A Righteous Course - What Do You Really Want? - Monday, February 27th

Choosing A Righteous Course - What Do You Really Want? - Monday, February 27th

No one else so completely sold himself to what was evil in the Lord’s sight as Ahab did under the influence of his wife Jezebel. 1 Kings 21:25

An Aramean soldier, however, randomly shot an arrow at the Israelite troops and hit the king of Israel between the joints of his armor. “Turn the horses and get me out of here!” Ahab groaned to the driver of his chariot. “I’m badly wounded!” The battle raged all that day, and the king remained propped up in his chariot facing the Arameans. The blood from his wound ran down to the floor of his chariot, and as evening arrived he died. 1 Kings 22:34-35

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:33-34

There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12

Today's thoughts from today's verses:

“A battleship assigned to a training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. The visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on all activities. Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing of the bridge reported, ‘Light, bearing on the starboard bow.’ ‘Is it steady or moving astern?’ the captain called out. The lookout replied, ‘Steady, captain,’ which meant it was on a dangerous collision course with their ship. The captain then shouted to the signalman, ‘Signal the ship: We are on a collision course. Advise you to change course 20 degrees.’ Back came a signal, ‘Advisable for you to change course 20 degrees!’ In reply, the captain said, ‘Send: I'm a ship's captain. Change course 20 degrees, now!’ ‘I'm a seaman second class,’ came the reply, ‘You had better change course 20 degrees, now!’ By that time, the captain was furious. He spit out a command, ‘Send: This is a battleship. Change your course immediately.’ Back came the flashing light's reply. ‘This is a lighthouse!’ The battleship changed course.”

My Mom says, “People do what they want to do.” In the end the captain changed his course because he wanted to. He did not want to crash on the rocks and that became a lot more important to him than not having to change course. How about us? Our lives are on a course and is it not truly the course of our choosing? Influence is part of the emphasis of this week’s Devotionals. Even though influence has much to do with our course, when we really look closely at what is going on, could it be that the influences in our lives are those we have determined we want to have in our lives? In this light, perhaps it’s less about influence than it is about finding support that helps us choose to do what we want to do. Do we distance ourselves from God and godly people in favor of influences that are more in keeping with our own selfish wills and desires? 

We get it when it comes lighthouses; the light they cast is meant for good to keep ships from the bad and destructive end of crashing on the rocks. God is the ultimate lighthouse shining His light on this world revealing the rocky courses that produce shipwrecks in favor of those that allow smooth sailing and finding safe harbor. The bottom line is: who’s in charge: God with His will or us with our will. One is the way of life and the other is the way of death. Far too often our lives reveal that we don’t really get it when it comes to living life; we are off course and even shipwrecked. We are heavily under the influence of companions that are even worse off than we are. But there is hope. God specializes in restoring off-course, shipwrecked lives and it is hoped that this week’s Devotionals will be a help to that end. 

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, I haven’t run aground but my keel is sorely battered and bruised. I know I need to sail in better, safer waters. Help me to take a close look at why I so often get in trouble in hard to navigate unsafe waters. I say I want a righteous course but I admit there are too many ways my life says something different. Show my how to truly want and choose your righteous course, Lord. Amen!

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