“I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.” Psalms 119:30
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
Several years ago I was counseling a young woman about a choice she was making that could potentially ruin her life. She was struggling against her flesh and to be quite frank, she was dealing with something that had brought down kings and kingdoms way before her time. She was dealing with lust.
I listened to her go back and forth as she cried in frustration. She knew what was right but wanted to get close as she possible could to the edge of sin. I could see she was being drawn away and I made her read the following Scripture:
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:14-15
I laid out the Truth of God before her, but she had to make the choice.
A man at her work had been coming by her desk every day and giving her “the eye.” (Don’t act like you don’t know what I am talking about – you know. We all do.)
This young mother didn’t put a stop to this man’s advances right away, unfortunately. I’m not sure if she just enjoyed the attention or was naive, but a lot of heartache could have been thwarted if she would have looked away and not encouraged him. But, she didn’t, so the man kept on and eventually, he got bolder.
Over time the smiles turned into comments, the comments into conversations and the conversations into lunch until she was making plans to meet secretly with this married man.
It was at this point when God pricked her heart that she got scared. She knew I would tell her the truth because I had led her to the Lord years ago, so she contacted me and asked me what to do.
I didn’t berate her or tell her she was stupid, I just put her focus on the Scripture. I warned her that she was throwing everything out the window and that she needed to call her husband. She felt like I was being old fashion and that she was younger and things were done differently now. I didn’t let her by with it and quoted the Scripture to her once more.
She didn’t listen.
The next time she called I had to sit there and listen to her weep because she was holding a positive pregnancy test in her hand.
Once again, she asked me what to do.
And, once again, I laid out the Scripture to her. Thankfully her marriage has remained in tact and the other man left after he got what he wanted. But oh, the heartache that she suffered. All because she didn’t choose the Truth.
The world is changing at an alarming rate, yet, the sin is still the same. Cultural norms are different, more things are tolerated and accepted, but it is still all the same old sin from the Garden of Eden: The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
Why does each generation believe they are the first to come up against the force of temptation and think they will win by any other means than a submitted life to Christ?
The psalmist has been looking at the Truths of God, lamenting over sin, evaluating what is right and now he is making the right choice.
What about us? Are we going to make the right choice? When we are faced with temptations, our first thought should be to run to God for that way of escape.
(I’d like to add this: If a man is making you feel as though you HAVE to look back at him or he is pressuring you to join into his wicked thinking – do yourself a favor and stand up for yourself and what is right. Tell him he is being wicked! Speed dial your husband and put him on speaker. Protect your testimony. Don’t be backed into a corner. And don’t fall for the same old lie of the devil! Just because someone else is weak doesn’t mean you have to be!) – Make the right choice – choose Jesus.
This life is not a game. When we are battling I hope that we will choose Christ and be able to say with the Apostle Paul:
“But we have this treasure in earth vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body” 2 Cor. 4:7-10
Your life and my life ought to be a choice for Christ. Let’s choose to dwell in Him and put Him first. It is life or death.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,
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Today’s reading: Numbers 28 / Jeremiah 3-4 / Psalm 114 / Luke 8