For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity. Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts. As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, The LORD shall lead them away with the workers of iniquity. - Psalm 125:1-3.
A British racing pigeon named, Billie, began a 375-mile race to Liverpool, England. However, he ended up a little off the path, after he took a little wrong turn somewhere over England. Instead of coming in for a landing at Liverpool, England, he ended up on Staten Island, New York. Even for a racing pigeon, it was a feat of great endurance (unless he caught a ride on a ship). If the race had been to Staten Island 3,300 miles away, Billie would have won; but since the race had a definite destination, Billie lost, even though he flew the farthest.
How many have started out with the right destination in mind, but ended up far from where they originally planned to go? There are many Christians, in fact, if you are a Christian; at least at the moment of your salvation you intended to run the race well, and arrive to hear your Savior say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” But for many of us, the race has been run with stops, starts, and side excursions; that would make Billie’s look like a short cut.
It may be that you have gone a long, long way, in your life. It may be that many admire the accomplishments in your life. But does the distance and the accomplishments really matter in the eternal scheme of things, if it was in the wrong direction that you have traveled with your life, and the wrong things that have been accomplished?
What do you do if you have taken a whopper of a wrong turn, and are even farther off course than Billie? What is the solution? The only solution is to turn around and go back to where you got off course. Then take the right path, which you missed originally.
“Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day (Psalm 25:4-5).”
“Good and upright is the LORD; therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies (Psalm 25:8-10).”
Allow the Lord to guide your paths.