"The Wrong Direction"
September 23, 2007
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
The coming of death is almost always sad. It is especially tragic if it could have been avoided. That was the case for Arnold Dobson and Harold Most. They died in the summer heat of the Death Valley area. The authorities found their bodies a number of miles from their car. When their vehicle broke down, they had decided to walk back to a ranch house 30 miles distant. They went the wrong way. Just a mile in the other direction was a grove of willows and a spring.
That story made the news, but I know of many similar situations that go totally unreported. Each day there are thousands of people who are risking their lives by heading the wrong direction. They think they can find peace and happiness in drugs, financial security, work, alcohol, or human relationships. They are headed the wrong way.
As a Christian, I not only believe, but also have seen with my own eyes, that salvation and life can be found by following the Lord's path. Today, allow me to say, "If you know of somebody who's headed the wrong direction, won't you in love, gently point them to the water of eternal life: Jesus, the Savior."
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Open my eyes and heart so that I may stay on the right path—Your path—and help others do the same. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries