by Ray Harmer
Years ago I had occasion to talk with a man who was driving the wrong direction on a one-way street. While explaining the reason for our chance meeting he responded, “I’m only going one way.” I stood there in unbelief, thinking this man was surely chiding me. This was not the time to jest. His actions put people at risk. It did not take long to realize this chap was being honest with me. Instead of a citation, he received a lesson in our driving laws. You would be amazed who Harrisburg allows on our highways.
This reminds me of God’s laws. There is a one-way street in God’s plan and that is Jesus Christ. “I am the WAY, the truth and the life…” Jn. 14:6. Every one of us is on a journey to eternity. We cannot turn around, we must go forward. But there are several roads which can lead to destruction. An example of an errant course is relying on being a good person to gain Heaven. “For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not”, Ecc.7:20. There are many people going the wrong way on the road to eternity. Most one-way streets are narrow and Jesus said in Mt. 7:14, “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Some believe all roads lead to Heaven, but the Bible tells us differently. Others conclude that this is not fair. If God had not provided “The Way” and instructions (the Bible) on how to traverse the true path, I would have to agree with them. In Psalm 37 we find many words that describe the fate of the wicked; such as, cut down, cut off, shall not be, broken, perish, not found and destroyed…we get the picture. Not a future I would be looking forward to; although, prior to accepting Jesus that is exactly the direction I was heading. On the other side, God assures the believer with these words: fret not, dwell in the land (Heaven), be fed, given the desires of our heart and many more. God is good to His own-the righteous in Christ.
God supplies the mileposts to navigate His one-way street. Look further into Psalm 37 and God reveals it. Trust in the Lord (first and foremost we must have a born-again relationship with the Saviour), delight thyself in the Lord (realize what you have in Christ) and commit thy way (give of ourselves, our talents and tithes) and then Ps. 37:40 will be evident in our lives, ”And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.” When death stays our journey and we face the High-Sheriff of Heaven, we better be going the right direction on God’s one-way street. God entertains no excuses; nor accepts ignorance (Rm. 1:20).
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