Jeremiah 10:23-24 I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Correct me, Lord, but only with justice - not in Your anger, lest You reduce me to nothing.
Chris could see the freeway she needed to be on but couldn't find the on-ramp. Three times she tried following the road signs, and three times she ended back where she started. Suddenly she had an idea. She would reverse the route. She quickly made a U-turn and expected to see the on-ramp. Instead, she saw the flashing lights of a police car pulling up behind her. Chris was so frustrated she was nearly crying as she told the officer her problem.
"You can't get to the freeway from this road," the officer said gently. "You have to be on that other road." He pointed to a line of cars flowing onto the freeway. The officer wrote Chris a ticket for the U-turn, then told her to follow him, and he would show her the way to the on-ramp.
Sometimes in life we get on the wrong roads. We make wrong turns and get into trouble. We need correction to our routes to get back on track. Sometimes the Holy Spirit corrects us by convicting us in our hearts until we choose to change. Sometimes God corrects us through reproofs and feedback from other people. At other times God corrects us by letting us suffer the consequences of our wrong choices.
But always, God is ready to lead us in the paths of righteousness after we accept correction, repent, and desire to do right.
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