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A while back I had two different episodes of vertigo.

One time, I stood up from my chair to get a snack from the kitchen. All of a sudden the room was spinning and I went to my knees. I became quite sick and literally crawled to the bathroom. The only way to get relief was to lie down and close my eyes.

The other time I was out walking. Less than half a mile down the road, I became so dizzy that I had to sit down. I didn’t get sick this time, but when I tried to walk I could not go straight.

A man came to my rescue. He helped me get back home. He wanted to call 911, but I convinced him I would be OK. It’s never happened again.

What a strange feeling not to be able to walk a straight line. My equilibrium was so off kilter that standing up was a problem. It was not a fun moment.

In Isaiah 5, we read, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light … and bitter for sweet …"

He’s talking about people who are so disoriented they do not know right from wrong. In fact, they have gotten to the point that they believe up is down, and left is right. And he wrote that almost 800 years before Jesus was born.

We live in a day when people call good evil and evil good. We have decided that we can make our own rules and that God’s instructions are irrelevant. That is a dangerous thing to do.

Many follow the adage, "Let your conscience be your guide." The problem is that God did not say that. Those words come from Jiminy Cricket.

God’s word says that the heart is deceitful and difficult to understand. The last verse of the book of Judges says, "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes."

Clearly that was not a good thing then, nor is it today.

There are times I would rather not follow God’s standards. They are hard. They follow the lonely road. But I know it is in my best interest to do what God has called me to do. I pray that you will see that, too.

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