Right or Left?
The decisions made in life, and how they affect our lives, and others, astound me! I remember a time when I was asked to do something, and I said I would pray about it. Soon after that, I read the verse in Deuteronomy 5:32-33, “So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.” (NIV) It seemed I had my answer, so I said, “Yes.” How do we know when what we read in the Bible is for us on that day? I don’t know that there is a perfect answer to that question. I believe we step out in faith when it seems we have heard from God, and trust that our Father knows our heart in the situation. It seemed to me in that instance that the Holy Spirit was telling me, don’t turn to the right or to the left, but proceed forward with this. So I did.
Just yesterday, I got an email from my brother, Rick. He wanted to share some good news about his son, Micah. Micah has been pitching for BIOLA this year. The Bible Institute Of Los Angeles. Rick sent me an article about the last game. Micah had a big decision to make when the school year started months ago. Rick told me of the morning Micah sat in his car in the driveway, not knowing whether to pull out and go to the right or to the left. One way led to the school he had been attending, which didn’t include baseball, but would allow him to finish up college one year earlier. The other direction led to BIOLA, where the curriculum would not only be more difficult, including a minor in Bible, it would require another year to get his degree. But, it also included playing baseball again, which Micah loves. He had quit for a time, and didn’t know if he would pitch again. That morning in the driveway, Micah was struggling big time! He was tempted to take the less challenging, less scary choice and head to his old college. After much prayer, Micah drove off to BIOLA, facing his doubts and fears head on. He ended up having the pitching season of his life! He moved into a starting position on the team as a Freshman, and then into being the lead starting pitcher. In his last game, he added seven more strike outs to the season, and helped the team end on a high note for next year! Micah is not only a talented pitcher—he is an awesome man of God.
When Searching And Noticing the Divine each day, we have to be listening for God’s leading. In Hebrews it talks about listening to God’s voice and not hardening our hearts against Him. Fear can harden our hearts, sin can harden our hearts, unforgiveness can harden our hearts...but if we search daily for God, He will guide us into things we never thought possible. When our flesh wants to give up, to quit, and go the wide easy road, let’s resist that temptation and choose the narrow path that leads us straight into our Savior’s arms of grace. God’s favor shined on Micah this year. He made the hard choice, and well...that’s a hard choice to make. But it can also bring amazing results!
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
Hebrews 3:15 (NIV)