Wrong Decisions; Wrong Paths
While God is good, we don’t live in a perfect world. We still sin, we are still tempted, we still make mistakes. The enemy always attacks when you are strong on your walk with the Lord, so it is normal to get knocked over or lured down the wrong path.
We still sin, we are still tempted, we still make mistakes. But God forgives and makes bad circumstances great.
You might recall me telling you that there is no wrong choice/decision in previous posts, and now I am mentioning a “wrong path,” and you might be thinking “wait, what?” I don’t’ mean to confuse you, but there is a different between the two.
I’m a “learn-by-example” kind of person so here is one to help understand what I mean. Say you have walked such a righteous path with the Lord your whole life so much that you may be referred to as a “holy roller.” Then one day you disobey God. You do something you know is sinful—the devil pushed harder than usual and you fell. Knowing you’re sinning… some might call that a “wrong decision.”
Now, think of “decisions” or “choices” as the road you are walking with the Lord. And think of the “wrong path” as… well the wrong path. Meaning the path not taken with Jesus.
The big difference between the two is with one, you are walking with the Lord, and one you are not.
Matthew 6:33 says “but seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
So, when you sin do you have the Lord first and foremost? Nope. Meaning you are not walking on the path with Him. And what do we call it when our path does not include the Lord? The “wrong path.”
Still with me?
Back to my example, this “holy roller” has two things to consider now that she has veered off her path with the Lord. She can A. continue down the “wrong path” without keeping the Lord above all else, or B. run back to the Lord’s open arms, be forgiven, and continue to walk arm and arm with the Lord.
I guess my overall point, well one of them at least, is making one mistake does not mean God’s plan for your life is thrown out the window. Just because you get lost for a minute and walk on the other path (the “wrong” path), you can always always ALWAYS go back to the right(eous) one. God will make those “mistakes” into goodness. After all, all things work together for good for those that love God, for those who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Bottom line: keep God first and foremost and there is no wrong decision. If you do not consider Him, then down the wrong path you go. Seek Him first and everything else will fall into place according to his providence. Don’t, and you’re on your own. BUT whenever you are ready to come back to His path, He is waiting with open arms.
I hope this post made more sense than confusion. It’s a pretty complex thing to grasp, but once you get it, it makes things so much more clear. At least for me. I’ve been struggling with what I should do with my life, where I should go, etc. I’ve been afraid of making a “wrong decision” and therefore dooming myself to never reach what God has planned for me. It’s been making me experience more stress than I ever thought was possible. I don’t want to sit idly by while I could be experiencing God’s will for my life and experiencing all of the wonderful things He has in store for me, instead of just stress and confusion. I think I needed to realize everything in this post (and previous ones) to finally relax and know that everything will be ok. Which is ironic because I absolutely hate when someone says that to me while I’m upset. God will provide. Period. His greatest will for your life is to honor Him and show Christ through your actions. And as I mentioned in my last post, you have the opportunity every day to do just that—no matter where you are.