The third base coach is there for a reason. Baserunners are taught to watch for his signals. When rounding second base, the runner looks to the coach for the “go” or “stop” sign. The same is true when rounding third. What the runner cannot see–the action behind him–the coach can. Running through a stop sign can be disastrous for the runner’s team. He must follow and yield to the coach’s instruction and direction.

Proverbs 10:17–“He is on the path of life who heeds instruction, but he who forsakes reproof goes astray” (NASB).

The runner who continues forward after getting the stop sign often winds up in a situation reflecting his poor decision–he is out.

The person who refused to submit to the wisdom and direction of the Lord bears the natural consequences of his actions. It’s really that simple. You can choose the “path of life” by following the instruction of the Lord. Or, you can choose to go “astray” by doing things your own way. One seems stifling at first, the other freeing at first. Yet, one day we will all realize that the path of life is found only in Jesus Christ. His way is not stifling…it provides the only true freedom you’ll ever know.

Here’s a prayer:

Lord, I often pay no attention to your instruction, just like a baserunner who never looks at the base coach. I ask for your forgiveness. Today, I submit myself to your lordship and direction in my life. Remind me that true life and freedom are found only in you, not in myself and doing things my way. Amen.