By Mike Clarensau
Today's Scripture: Proverbs 23:19–21
Central Thought: Rest stops can become hindering detours.
In many parts of the country, highway rest stops are making a comeback. Once overgrown with weeds and sun-bleached paint marking their former trails, these places to stretch the weary legs of travelers are fast-becoming impressive entertainment centers. Now the kids can play arcade games and watch movies while parents catch their power naps. There's even shopping!
But just how long will you stay at a highway rest stop? Isn't the point of the journey to arrive at your destination—at least at some point? While the modern amenities and exciting playthings are appealing, it seems that they can also become a distraction to the reason for the journey—to get there! Grandma is waiting, dinner's on the table, the sun is setting on your vacation destination while you're enjoying the rest stop.
Now a little rest is helpful, and it is important to enjoy the journey and see the sights as you go. But sometimes life's rest stops can become dwelling places. We can easily become distracted by comforts and ease, and find ourselves settling in to satisfy our cravings. That's what the writer of today's Scripture warns us about. There's nothing wrong with a good meal, but that's not the destination.
Living on the right path requires that we keep moving in that right direction. Pause too long, even at comfortable places and we'll find ourselves melting into a detour. There are greater heights to achieve, so don't let the self-satisfying amenities of a 'rest stop” disguise themselves as destinations.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to live in moderation, and keep my focus on pursuing You. You do satisfy my needs, but keep me from thinking that's all there is to the life You've placed before me.
Today's Bible Reading: Isaiah 28:14-30:11; Galatians 3:23-4:31; Psalm 62:1-12; Proverbs 23:19-21