Go Your Own Way

Last week, during a weekly Bible Study, our group of ladies were discussing answers to a question concerning Psalm 2:1-3 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against His anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The  discussion question was, What is the complaint against God in Psalm 2:1-3 and how does this compare with people’s complaints against God today?

One of the ladies in our group creatively responded with, “It reminds me of that Fleetwood Mac song ‘Go Your Own Way.'” Which was very appropriate since we were discussing Psalms. We all laughed. The next lady, following along those same lines, said it reminded her of the Frank Sinatra song “My Way.” More laughter! Needless to say I haven’t been able to get “Go Your Own Way” out of my head or off of my tongue since. It’s funny how God can use a song to expand our thoughts on a subject. He’s so clever!

The growing consensus against God thousands of years ago and today seems to be,”Leave us alone! We want to do what we want to do and we don’t want any accountability or consequences. We want to be free of You. You only want to spoil our fun!” If it isn’t said in word it is definitely said in deed.

God gives us free will. We get to reject Him if we want to. That’s one of the aspects of His love for us; freedom. We are free to live apart from God. We are free to do what we want when we want and how we want to do it. We are free to have as much so called fun as we want to have. But there will be consequences and accountability rather we want them or not.

I’m reminded of a parable in the Bible (Luke 15:11-16) of a Father that had two sons. The younger son wanted his share of the Father’s estate. So the Father divided the property between His two sons. The younger son decided to gather all of his money and belongings and moved far away from his Father. He squandered his wealth on wine, women and song. There arose a severe famine where he was living and he became desperate. So he went out and got himself a job working for a pig farmer. The pig farming business must not have been very lucrative because he was so hungry that even the pig’s slop looked appetizing to him.

God is the Father. We are the rebellious son. We want the benefits of God the Father but we don’t want to live with Him or be in relationship with Him. We want to be far away from Him. So we “go our own way” and we do things “our way” living our life of freedom apart from God. We spend our money the way we want to. We use our bodies the way we want to. We spend our time the way we want to. All of which are gifts from God our Father. We think we are enjoying a life of freedom without accountability. But in reality we are living a lie. (Revelation 3:17 “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”) Consequences do come and when they do we need to know where to go for help. There is hope!

The story about the Father and son continues in Luke 15:17-24. The son came to his senses, and decided to go home to his Father, ask for forgiveness and ask for a job. He felt as if he was no longer worthy to be called His son. He thought he had messed up so bad that the best he could hope for was a job working for room and board. While the son was on his way home, but still afar off, his Father saw him. He was filled with compassion for his son; He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him. The son asked for forgiveness and told Him he no longer felt worthy to be called His son. To the son’s surprise the Father threw him a party and lavished him with gifts. The Father proclaimed, “My son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” It was a time of repentance, forgiveness and restoration; a time of celebration!

Maybe you have “gone your own way” and are “doing things your way” like the son in Luke 15. Maybe you are wallowing in a mire of sin. Maybe you are squandering God’s goodness on wine, women (or men) and song. Maybe you think you are living the high life of freedom but inside you feel dead, lost and empty; hungry for something that will truly satisfy.

We are free to choose! We can choose life over death. (Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.) We can choose to be found over being lost. (Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.) We can choose a life with the Father, sharing in all that is the Father’s; true love, true joy and true peace. We can choose true freedom; freedom from slavery to sin. (Romans 6:16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey-whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?) We can choose true satisfaction. (John 6:35 Then Jesus declared,”I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”)

Just as the son came to his senses, realizing that life apart from His Father wasn’t as great as he thought it would be, will you come to your senses today? Will you go to the Father with a repentant heart? Will you ask God to forgive you for wasting His goodness on a life of self-gratification (Ephesians 2:3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath). The Father is longing for you to come to Him. He’s looking for you. He loves you and has compassion for you. He wants to call you His son or daughter. He wants to give you gifts and give you a life worth celebrating; a life of eternal purpose. Will you go God’s way instead of your own way? Will you do life His way instead of doing life your way? He’s waiting for you! Come to your senses today!

~Patrice Maguire

Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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