Staying on Course

I read a devotion recently that asked the question, “What battle is making you weary right now?” After determining within yourself what those battles are, then you can ask yourself, “How can I stay on course as a Christian?”
 
Have you ever been on the freeway in your car and found yourself following a car in front of you that is exiting the freeway? The car in front turns off, and you are not needing to go that way, but you inadvertently start following the car? You realize what you’re doing, then pull back over to where you need to be. You get distracted, and follow the car in front, not paying attention to the fact that it’s not really where you want to go!
 
This made me think of how we do this in our spiritual walk with Jesus. Following an individual or the crowd, not really thinking about where it will take us. Quite often, distractions take us far from Jesus. Is that where we really want to go? We have choices to make every day. Stay the course with Jesus and rest in His peace and joy, or veer off and go the wrong direction, bringing unrest, trouble, and lack of peace and joy. It’s always best to stay on course by following Jesus and His ways. That will certainly lessen the effects of the battles we face each day.
 
Oh, yes, there will be pain, suffering, and heartache, but God promises to be there for us when we are there waiting for Him to help us. Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him.”
 
Scripture always keeps us on course; that is, when we heed it: Psalm 141:4 – “Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.” It’s best to follow Jesus and His Word.
Are you staying on course?
 
Janet Perkins