February 01, 2019
Falling into the Ditch
Matthew 15:12-14 (KJB) Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? 13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Just as genuine spiritual children naturally follow God. A spiritually lost heart naturally chooses to serve the god of this world.
Souls with both saved and lost heart conditions willingly choose to follow the pathway and authority they deem to be true and best. In this instance recorded for our learning in God’s Word, the Pharisees were sure they were the ones who were right and lived right.
In fact, when asked, most people consider their personal choice to be the one best suited for them, where they are at in life, whether it be spiritually right or wrong. Often, it seems morality and righteousness are not even considered when making life-altering choices. Often, feelings and emotions come into play in the decision-making process.
The Bible warns us to be careful of being led by unreliable feelings and fleeting emotions (Proverbs 28:26) rather than through wisdom of God being divinely directed according to the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).
Undoubtedly, many hearts can be sincerely wrong in following a pathway by relying on their own opinions and preferences. The question begging to be asked then is “how one can know if the pathway they are following is the proper direction for life?”
There is undoubtedly a right course as well as a wrong course to follow in this world.
How then can a person choose the best pathway as he lives in this world? We all make many choices in this world. A person will either be blessed or suffer the ill consequences of his decisions, and most often the results are not immediately known or realized in this world.
There are eternal consequences to every choice we make as we live in this world.
This is where the ditch comes into play.
Falling into the ditch is a direct result of ill-conceived choices. A person must view his options only by looking through the eternal lens of God. Only God can direct our decisions with an eternal perspective that will keep us out of the ditch both now and forever.