Sometimes the right thing to do is what seem counterintuitive. Webster defines the word doing what is “contrary to what one would intuitively or naturally expect.” For example, some martial arts are built around taking advantage of an adversary’s aggression – actually using their force and momentum against an opponent, rather than resisting them. As someone who has lived many years where there is snow and ice on roadways, I can tell you that when driving on ice you steer into a skid, not against it, to bring your vehicle back under control. And I am sure there are other examples that many of you who are reading this could cite…
When it comes to life choices, the Bible recommends being counterintuitive… Can you imagine coming to a fork in the road… one road leads right and is wide, paved, smooth and inviting. The other road (if you want to call it that), leads left and is a narrow trail and appears challenging, difficult and a bit frightening. Which to choose?
What does the Bible say as it relates to life choices – choices with eternal, ultimate consequences?
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. But the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
When it comes to eternal matters – choices about values, God, morality, and ultimate destinations, “everybody is doing it” does not commend itself as a wise choice – a smooth path probably is not best path. Who says so? Jesus says so and He’s the guy who “knows the end from the beginning.” If heaven is your home “easy going” and “situation ethics” and deferred decisions about eternal matters is probably not going to get you to heaven!
We face choices like this every day… two roads… choose wisely… On this one your best decision is probably to be “counterintuitive!”