by Tammy Phillips
May 13, 2021
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7 KJV)
How safe do you feel driving down a one-way street, the wrong way? When the mistake is discovered, what is the first thought? Find a way to turn around to avoid running into an oncoming vehicle. We innately know right from wrong. I have known for a long time that I needed to get off the backroads of wrong food choices and align my thoughts about eating the right way. It is only when I return to God and surrender going my own way that I make gains in the weight loss area. Thank God for good directions that help us reach our destiny.
When we forsake the one-way, wrong way, road of ultimate destruction and change our thoughts, God is not there waiting with a ticket and a fine. Yes, there are consequences for going the wrong direction and for thinking the wrong way, BUT GOD…
When we finally turn around and choose the right way, we find His mercy and abundant pardon.
Do you hear the Lord’s heart? “Turn around. Turn to me.” The thoughts of “I can do it all by myself or I am going to do it my own way” are what lead us into troubled territory. The Lord says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV)
When we turn God’s way, He shows us the way. He directs us onto His Highway and into His way of righteous thinking. Our lives literally turn around when we choose His way. The word “Higher” in Isaiah 55:8-9 literally means to soar.
Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) explains it like this: “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” I don’t know about you, but I would rather soar than fearfully continue going the wrong way.
I enCOURAGE you to turn around. Turn to God in every area of your life. If you saw a friend going down a one-way street, the wrong way, wouldn’t you do everything in your power to get them to turn around? I am on that street with you. I am jumping up and down trying to get your attention. Can you hear me yelling, “TURN AROUND?” Can you hear the Lord begging you to turn to Him? If you don’t like the direction your life, your marriage, your relationship, your job, or weight is going, I encourage you to turn to God. Mercy is waiting for you. A soaring life is waiting for you.