The Wrongness of Your Own Way

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Deuteronomy 1:33 “Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.”

Israel was foolish. God made it clear that they were to go into the Promised Land. What was so foolish about Israel going their own way was that God had already gone before them. It says in verse 30, “The LORD your God which goeth before you…” Then, in the verse above it says that the LORD went before them to “search you out a place,” and to “shew you by what way ye should go.” In other words, God had already been where they were going. There was truly no risk in following the LORD’s way because He had already been in the way, but there was great risk in their way because God was not going their way, and they had not seen where their way was leading.

One of the great mistakes that believers make is that they choose to do what they "feel" is right instead of following the LORD who "knows" what is the right way to go. God has already been where He is leading you, which means, He has not been where you are leading yourself. I’d rather trust God’s leading than my guessing. Many believers do what they want to do and then justify their way with poor excuses. There are several indicators that the way you want to go is the wrong way.

The first indicator is that you avoid spiritual leadership. If what you want to do is so right, why are you avoiding the counsel of your pastor? Even in times when I didn't think that my spiritual leadership would agree with me, I have always gone to them for their advice. Understand that God can touch their heart and change it if what you want to do is His way. The fact that you have informed your spiritual leadership of what you are doing is not getting advice from them. God gave you a pastor and spiritual leadership in your life to help guide you, and the fact that you inform them or avoid them should scream at you that what you are doing is wrong.

The second indicator is that you lie to others about your true reason for going your way. If what you are doing is right, why do you have to lie to others to justify your way? If what you are doing is right, you never have to lie to others to justify what you are doing. Lying is never of God; so, why do what is wrong to tell others that what you are doing is right? The reason you feel you must lie is because you know what you are doing is not the right thing.

The third indicator is that you justify your decision with “good causes.” You can always find a good reason to justify the wrong decision, but that doesn't make it right. Justifying the wrong thing in your mind doesn’t change God’s perception of what He wants you to do. If something is the right thing to do, you don't have to justify it with a cause that sounds right. Moreover, if you are right, why are you telling one person one reason as to why you are going your way and another person another reason? The reason your justification story changes is because you know you are not doing the right thing.

You can try to convince yourself that the wrong way that you want to go is the right way, but that still doesn't change that the way you want to go is still wrong. My friend, don't fall for Satan’s trap of doing what you want to do instead of what God wants you to do. Heartache is ahead when you go your way instead of following the LORD’s way.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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