Have you ever wondered what is so “right” about right turns? The United Parcel Service, or UPS, is the largest package delivery business in North America. The company prides itself in its efficiency—of course, a company would have to be efficient if its service area covers every residential and business address in the United States.
One of the measures UPS has taken to ensure efficiency is the elimination of left turns from its delivery routes. By making only right turns, delivery vehicles have saved an estimated 28.5 million miles and 3 million gallons of fuel over the course of a year. I guess it really is right to turn right.
After nearly three generations of idolatry and paganism in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, one ruler decided to turn right. His name was Asa, which aptly means “doctor” or “healing”. King Asa brought healing to a nation which still recoiled from the bitter division caused by his grandfather, Rehoboam. But King Asa didn’t have to use medicine to initiate Judah’s restoration. He simply returned to the Lord. He removed the altars and high places which were scattered throughout the land, and he destroyed the pagan images. King Asa even deposed his own mother from her position as queen. God blessed the king with 10 years of peace because he sought Him with his whole heart. He really does care if we turn right.
When you choose to do that which is right in the eyes of God, it means you are doing that which is wrong in the eyes of the world. Even well-meaning friends and family members may think you are making the wrong choice. You must decide who you want to please.
Be honest with yourself today: do you really want to turn right? I hope you do. If so, let nothing stand in your way.
God, grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I think it is hopeless. — Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.