Scripture: Proverbs 4:14-15 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.
Devotional: Solomon, the wisest of all men, wrote these words. And he had a little experience in this area. He allowed himself to travel some of those roads and it cost him dearly.
Ask yourself this: why in the world would you fight a temptation in the future if you have the power to eliminate it today? Making a conscience decision not to even go down a certain road will give you the power to eliminate future temptation.
You don't build a life of righteousness in the future on a foundation of sin today. Whenever you’re tempted to compromise, to do something that could damage your marriage (or future marriage), or hurt your credibility as a Christ follower do this: play it forward. Visualize what it would cost. Visualize the destruction.
We’ve all watched those kinds of movies where the main character makes stupid decisions. We all know it at the point they decide to go down that road and we’re inwardly shouting “don’t do it”! But of course, they do, otherwise there would be no story. And as we view these characters, it’s easy to see ahead of time, the path of destruction they end up on.
When it comes to your own life, it’s easy to be blind. But, you don’t have to be. You have the power of visualization. It’s called wisdom. Apply it. When you find yourself being drawn into something, stop and think: where is this leading?
And when it leads to anything other than goodness, change course. Refuse to take one step in that direction.
It just might save your life, your marriage, your integrity.
- Have you ever found yourself going down the wrong road and facing dire circumstances as a result?
- How can you apply learning from that situation to the decisions you make today?