Straight Ahead


Whoever had the idea of painting stripes down the middle and along the sides of the road did a tremendous service to travelers! The stripes help us avoid veering left into oncoming traffic or drifting to the right and going off the road.

If we see the value of definite boundaries on the road, and if football cannot be played without specific sidelines and yardlines, are there established boundaries for life?

Guidelines for Israel

As Joshua faced the weighty task of leading Israel after the death of Moses, God told him, “. . . be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go” (Joshua 1:7).

Years later as Joshua was facing the end of his life he urged his people, “Be very firm, then, to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, so that you may not turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left . . .” (Joshua 23:6).

Centuries later it was said of King Josiah, “He did right in the sight of the LORD and walked in all the way of his father David, nor did he turn aside to the right or to the left” (2 Kings 22:2; see also Deuteronomy 5:32; 17:20; 28:14; Proverbs 4:27).

Guidelines for us

Israel had the Law of Moses to keep them on the path. We have the example of Jesus and His teachings in the New Testament. As long as we keep focused on Christ and His word we will move forward.

Just as highway stripes cannot protect a distracted driver, so God’s word keeps us on course only if we use it as directed..

Sad to say, many Christians today are not holding the course. They have veered off into immorality or indifference or false doctrine or other pitfalls along the way.

In driving, a moment’s inattention can be fatal. So also with our traveling the road to life.

“For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it . . . . how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:1, 3).

Drift. Neglect. Totally avoidable–if we pay attention.


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