Deuteronomy 5:32 You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.

With the controversial finish of the 2019 Kentucky Derby horse race, we all saw the importance of staying in our own lanes.

I was reminded of this several times this week while driving to West Virginia and back.  Three times vehicles threatened our safety by veering into my lane, and I saw a near mishap when a distracted driver was weaving along the lane lines ahead of me; and truth be told, a truck had to honk at me in a tight construction zone when I accidentally drifted toward his lane.

The Bible tells us to stay in our own lane.  It warns against gossiping, and the story of the woman accused of adultery teaches that it’s not our job to be judge and jury, especiallly when we are not without blame ourselves.  We are to stay in our own lanes by being more concerned about tending to our own behavior than we are about condemning others.     (Book of John, chapter 8)

The Bible also instructs us to keep our eyes on the Lord, and not be distracted by the many things around us – busyness, jobs, modern day idols,  etc.    God wants us to stay in our our own lanes by being focused forward in faith.  The Bible literally says, do not turn aside to the left or to the right.  (Deuteronomy 5:32)

Staying focused on what matters and looking forward in faith will give us “maximum security” for staying in our own lanes and helping others do the same.   Now that’s a winning strategy!

2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish… that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.

1 Timothy 5:13  Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.

John, chapter 8  Story of woman accused of adultery  (“cast the first stone”)

Deuteronomy 5:32 You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.    

Deuteronomy 4:15-16  Therefore, watch yourselves carefully…beware lest you act corruptly…

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