When driving, you have to constantly be turning the steering wheel to keep the vehicle aimed in the correct direction. Did you ever watch children when they pretend to drive? Even they know this! You’ll see them using both hands to turn the wheel from side to side a lot. Of course, it’s humorous to watch them because they do it in such an exaggerated fashion. But we can learn a great truth from such an observation: We have to take heed and constantly be on guard in our lives, and we need to be constantly making little adjustments here and there. There are many distractions and false teachings along life’s highway. These distractions or false teachings can cause us to go too far to one side or too far to the other side; and either way, we end up in a ditch. I’ve found that the answer usually lies somewhere in the middle—”just to the right of center,” so to speak.
Tom Cochrane had a hit song “Life Is a Highway” back in the 1990s. My thoughts lately have been on how different aspects of our life—especially in a spiritual sense—can be compared to highways and driving.
On most roads where I grew up, there were two lanes of traffic with one lane going each way. If you want to get to your destination using such a road, you get in the lane going that direction and stay there. The other lane, although it looks very similar to your lane, will take you in the opposite direction from where you want to be going.
God says in His word that you cannot be a friend of the world and friend of His. In James 4:4, we are told, “…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” If you’re a friend of the world you’re an enemy of God. Pick one direction and go with it. If you’re not going God’s direction, then you’re either going the enemy’s direction or you’re standing still and will eventually get run over. (Just like you’ll get run over if you try to stand in the middle of a highway.)
As I said before, both lanes of traffic can look very similar. To know which direction you need to go, you need to look at the map (read the Bible), ask for directions (listen to gospel preaching), or have an excellent sense of direction (guidance of the Holy Spirit). My contention is that God would have us to use all three of these methods for finding our way as we go about this life.
Successful driving—and a successful spiritual walk in this world—requires paying close attention. The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 4:14 that we should “henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive…” Such a verse puts me in mind of the tumbleweeds we see blowing across the road here in West Texas; they are carried about by the wind with no control over where they’re going next. Brothers and sisters, the optimal spot for us on life’s highway is directly in the center of our lane and headed in the proper direction, constantly taking heed.