"CHOOSE THE RIGHT" by, A.J. Rasmussen December 2015
"And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left." (Isaiah 30:21 ESV)
Have you ever heard that 'still small voice?' Not much unlike the cartoon figures of an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other, both vying for your choice. You made a choice, then looked back upon it only to realize it was a warning, one you should have heeded, and things would have turned out much different?
I know I have, a number of times, ignored the voice I should have listened to and listened to the one I ought to have ignored. The most recent resulting in a sentence of life in prison.
Not all choices are life-altering, but in my case, this one surely was. "Turn left and possibly go to jail. Go right and go home." These were the exact 12 words I clearly heard before choosing to make a left turn out of that store parking lot.
Although this was a clear-cut choice to make, it's not always so precise and to the point, which is why we must be alert, able to discern the battle that is brewing in our mind. Temptation is always lurking at every intersection in life.
Being able to discern; however, isn't merely enough. I was obviously able to discern the gravity of those 12 words, yet I chose the way of destruction. Why is this? Because, when we allow sin to indwell us, it will grow like a cancer and overtake us. Or, as Paul said to the Romans, sin will enslave you. We will become zombies, walking around as tho being controlled by an external force, but it's our choices that will have led us to this point.
I had allowed events, that led to depression, dictate how I'd react to the battle in my mind. Rather than run to the Lord, I ran away, and sin enslaved me. From there, it was all downhill and my life became completely out of balance. I no longer allowed myself proper sleep. I no longer was financially responsible. My home and cars I could care less about. My health, didn't matter.
My response to the previously mentioned 12 words, wasn't a choice in the moment, that led to life in prison. There was four years of of poor choices. Four years of increasing enslavement. Four years that eventually, when my spiritual ears were tested for hearing, had become calloused to hearing. I was running wide-open, full-throttle down the wide path leading to destruction. Destruction I created and now am facing the consequence of.
When you hear that voice, listen, listen carefully, and make sure you choose the right way, not the left.