God has a direct path and assignment for us. Some of us resist, but later become faithful. Others were born and raised in the church, forsake God to pursue a downward path. Jesus observed that in the end, it was the worse of sinners who (most readily) converted to become His most devoted followers. All of us must guard against pride. The Word of God warns that, “Anyone who regards himself as all-wise is a fool” (Proverb 26:12). The Lord has prophesied that much to our amazement, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first” (Matthew 20:16).
When we find ourselves in challenging circumstances or confronted by enemies, it is not wise to speak or act too hastily. We must give the Holy Spirit time to direct or steps and our speech. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry (James 1:19 NIV).