Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left. (Joshua 1:7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – I got the feeling that something ain’t right. And I’m wondering what it is I should do. ‘Cause I don’t think that I can take anymore. [Just] trying to make some sense of it all, but I can see it makes no sense at all. [There are] clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, [and] here I am [staying] in the middle with you. Yes, I’m, [staying] in the middle with you. (Selected lines from “Stuck In The Middle With You,” written by Gerry Rafferty, performed by Stealers Wheel).
More than a feeling actually. In the middle with God and His Word, as it has been understood for centuries, is getting lonelier all the time. It’s not just because fewer and fewer people are responding to God’s call, but also because more and more people who are people of the faith (or least claim to be), are moving either to the left or the right in increasing numbers. Watering down the truth (clowns to the left), or adding to God’s completed Word (jokers to the right).
Those who remain in the middle (have not turned) with God can readily see how turning to the left or the right makes no sense at all, yet still trying to make sense of how God’s people can be led astray by Satan’s lies so easily. Like Paul, “I am astonished that [people who claim to have faith] are so quickly deserting the one who called [them] by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing [them] into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6–7, NIV 1984). Have we learned so little since the Garden?
My Advice – Wondering what it is you should do? “My dear brothers [and sisters], stand firm. Let nothing move you [to the left or right]. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV 1984).