<<stray, turn aside>>

Joshua was told by God, be careful to obey all my commands “Do not turn from it [the Book of the Law] to the right or left, that you may be successful wherever you go…meditate on it day and night, so you may be careful to do everything written in it” (Josh 1:7,8). The original instruction to Moses was, “Be careful to do what God has commanded, do not turn aside to the right or left…Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds” this will enable you to “Love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to hold fast to Him” (Deut 5:32, 11:18,22-25). God gave the Israelites a choice – blessing if they faithfully obeyed or be under a curse if they disobeyed, stating "Don't deviate even a bit from any of these words that I'm commanding you right now by following other gods and serving them" yet they quickly turned aside from God’s commands and fell into sin (Ex 32:8; Deut 28:1,2..14,15...).

The message is abundantly clear to us as well “Do not swerve to the right or left…Keep your eyes firmly fixed on Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Prov 4:27; Heb 12:2). He resolutely (with determination) moved

Turning aside has serious consequences

onwards in the purposes of God for our salvation (Lk 9:51). Remain wholeheartedly faithful to His call on your life, understanding Satan’s goal is to get us sidetracked, embracing fabricated doctrine rather than the true Word of God, and fall into sin so we lose our effectiveness for the Kingdom of God. Walk humbly before God and say ‘No’ to temptations and things which although good are not what He would have us do, as even little deviations have ramifications. We should take Samuel’s advice, “Do not turn away after useless idols [things that take the place of God]” (1 Sam 12:21).

“If you leave God’s paths and go astray, you will hear a voice, saying ‘No, this is the way’” (Isa 30:21). When we hear the correcting voice of conscience, repent by returning to the right way. Closely follow Christ as Paul did. He said, ‘I am staying true to His call on my life and pressing forward’ (Phil 2:12-14). With His enabling, I will stay true too, as I keep my eyes firmly on the goal, being prepared to pay the price, and not letting anything stop or cheat me out of reaching my destiny (Mt 13:44-46). When David said, "My steps have held to your paths" in effect he was saying, 'I have not departed from your path' (Ps 17:5).

See also: changeable, conscience, distraction, focus, goal, obedience.