The Dangers of Doing It Your Way
Monday, October 23, 2017
Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;
whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.
A hundred years after “Red October” no one is celebrating. Inspired by Karl Marx, the self-proclaimed “proletarian” Bolsheviks executed their hated “bourgeoisie” Czar, Nicolaus II. They did away with religion (Marx’s “opiate of the masses”) and set about to create the communist utopia. But paradise didn’t come easy. To get there, Joseph Stalin murdered 20 million of his countrymen and Nikita Kruschev pounded on the podium of the U. N. with his shoe, bellowing “we will bury you.” After 75 years of their heaven on earth, the Soviet Union was a nuclear superpower unable to feed its people—so, small wonder, the real proletariat threw out the Communists!
The old Soviet Union (sounds almost bizarre now!) is a grand-scale illustration of this proverb. The crooked heart has no place for God—or rather distorts, twists, perverts, the rightful role of the King. But the way of the crooked is hedged with thorns and with snares. You can call it The Yellow Brick Road or Utopia Lane if you want to, but wishing won’t make it so. And God will not be trifled with. Marx and Lenin envisioned a man-made economic heaven and wound up with hell on earth. But countless multitudes do the same thing every day on a smaller scale.
Including Christians . . . who, like King David, forget God and chart their own course. As Midas counted his money, David counted his men—thinking that might makes right—but found his way full of thorns and snares that brought disaster to Israel (1 Chron. 21). If it could happen to David, the man after God’s heart, it can happen to you. Nurture your love for Christ today, guard your soul and keep far from the dangers of doing it your way.
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him (Ps. 2:12).
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