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Walk In His Way

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice (righteousness) and judgment (justice); that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of (to) him. And the LORD said, Because the (out)cry of (against) Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the (out)cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.” Genesis 18:19-21


I grew up in a Christian home as far back as I can remember. We were not a perfect family, but my parents strove to do what was right. We had family devotions which I often did not enjoy, and sometimes one of my parents’ prayer requests in the devotional time was for my attitude to change. I was not amused by this, and I am not sure my attitude ever immediately changed. I always felt like I was “missing” out on things because I was not allowed to do some of the things my friends and cousins could do. I should have memorized and taken to heart Proverbs 24:1-2 which states, “Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.


At camp one summer, I repented for many of the things I had been doing. I took inventory of my life and knew I had to make changes. I started off well when I came home from camp, but school was starting soon and the real test was about to come. As the school year wore on, it seemed little by little I lost my spiritual footing and fell headlong into sin. The convictions I held at the beginning of the school year seemed to vanish like chocolate cake at a birthday party. I soon found myself compiling demerits, getting into arguments at home, and my spiritual life was a wreck. I thought I could do what I wanted to do without consequences, but I soon found that God did not have a blind eye toward my sin.


God did not forget my commitment to Him and everything I did wrong I got into trouble for. I felt like there was a camera that followed me everywhere and the feed was played directly to all those in authority over me. God did not allow me to get away with my sin. Numbers 32:23 states, “But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out.” I did not mean for this truth to become my life verse, but it seemed that it became the theme of my life and my grievous sins only made it truer by the minute. I came to know that there are consequences for our actions, and I had an absolutely miserable year. I was a slow learner, but God was a gracious and good Father to me. 


I think of Abraham and how he raised his family in the shadow of the wicked cities, Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham did not lead his family in the sinful behaviors, but did what was right and kept the way of the Lord. God never turns a blind eye to sin, even though it may seem that the wicked prosper. It always pays to do what is right, and I am grateful for the heritage of a godly home that kept me from utter destruction and helplessness. 


How and where do you walk today? Are you walking in the way of the Lord or are your actions grievous to Him? Is He pleased with your choices, or do you grieve your Father? Are you grateful for the protection of Almighty God, or do you envy the wicked? God always knows our way - this is a comforting truth when we are doing right, and a haunting truth when we are sinning against Him. May we walk worthy before our Lord and faithful to the path He has called us to, and may we please Him like Abraham did. 


Stay in the fight!

Saso

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