The high road? Not again!
Taking the high road is never the popular choice. I don’t know about you, but when someone hurts me or does evil against me, the high road stinks. How I want to lash out! I want to yell and scream and kick something. I guess I could kick the tires on my car, but that would only hurt my foot. Somehow I don’t think it will have the impact I desire, so I’ll refrain.
I want to point out that most of the time the high road isn’t easy. Gasp! “What are you saying, Robin? Are you saying I can’t drive my motor home with a couch, satellite TV, food, queen-size bed, and hot tub?” That’s right. You have to walk. The high road is lonely, full of stones, and it is usually uphill. Sometimes it rains. So you say, “Well, sign me up for that!” No, you say, “I’ll pass.” Then you march off to take the sunshine-drenched, grass-carpeted, bird-song-filled low road, where you can tell people how you’ve been wronged and be comforted by other people who also feel they have been wronged. Or worse, you share information that may hurt and destroy other people’s lives.
All through life you will be faced with “High Road” decisions. They are NEVER easy. In your spiritual walk, High Road choices come in many forms. You’ll have them at work, at church, in your family, with your friends, and other places. Some of those choices will be moral, some will be ethical, and some spiritual. When you face them, only you can choose. No one can make that decision for you.
Scripture shows us the way.
“Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord. ‘But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:17-21, NASB).
Romans 12 says let Him (God) handle the “getting even” business when you’ve been wronged. He’ll take care of it. You just focus on doing the right thing. But we stamp our feet and act like a four-year-old and say, “I don’t wanna!”
Guess what? It’s not a choice. It’s an imperative. That means you don’t get to waffle on this one. No matter how much it hurts. But I’ve got some good news. The high road may seem lonely, but once you start down it, you make an amazing discovery. You’re not alone. Praise God! You are not alone.
Isaiah 41:10 tells us:
“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Let’s see…hob-nob with people who are miserable and discontent, or walk hand-in-hand with the God who will see me through all the seasons of life? This seems like a “no brainer” to me. Taking the high road may not seem like the most desirable choice until you look and see who is walking beside you and know that He will be with you through that dark times and beyond and love you all the way.
God bless and keep you all!