“If Only I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time!”

Lou Yeboah

By: Lou Yeboah

“My friends, I’ll say it clear, and state my case of which I’m certain. The end is near. I face the final curtain.  I’ve lived a life that’s full. I’ve traveled each and every highway and more. “I DID IT MY WAY.” Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do and saw it through without exception. I planned each charted course, each careful step along life’s byway, and more, much more than this, “I DID IT MY WAY.” [My Way- Frank Sinatra, Paul Ankay]. 

Frank Sinatra’s well-known song, “I DID IT MY WAY,” was shocking for its blatant ungodliness. Of course, what Sinatra stated plainly in that song, “I DID IT MY WAY,” is true of every person who does not submit their lives to Jesus Christ. Most people just aren’t as open as Sinatra in stating the controlling force of their lives.

Well, I want you to know that the Bible has a lot to say about “MY WAY.”  [Proverbs 14: 12] states, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.” God’s Word is clear: If you seek your own way, you will pay a high price in the end. You’ve got to decide which will be your theme song: “I DID IT MY WAY,” or, “I DID IT GOD’S WAY?” I admonish you, don’t be like Chorzin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum who heard the warnings, but they didn’t obey? They listened, but they didn’t apply what they heard. They ignored Christ’s summons. Don’t you do it. If you ignore God’s warning to repent and do it your way, then you will die without Christ and go to hell. I tell you, wisdom is the principal thing, but in all your getting, get an understanding. Heed to God’s warning. Don’t wait until the end is near. For what is your life? It is even as a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanished away.”

Do not be confused or misled. The choice before you today is the very same choice that was offered to the Israelites in [Deuteronomy 30]. It is simply the choice of “Your Way” or “God’s Way.” Choose consciously and intentionally, because according to the Bible, “the appointed time has grown very short” [1 Corinthians 7:29]. Christ’s return is imminent, and his timeline makes it urgent. For thus saith the Lord,  

“For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely.” [Isaiah 48:9]. 

“My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” [Isaiah 55:8-9].

“Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.” [Psalm 128:1].

“But My people would not heed My voice, and Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels.” [Psalm 81:11-14].

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