the perfect day to stop at the crossroads.
“This is what the Lord says: ‘Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.’ But, you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road that we want!’” Jeremiah 6:16 NLT
From the time we are small, we are confronted with choices we must make.
Most are incidental, relatively unimportant, and carry no long-term consequences if we make the wrong one, but we must train ourselves to recognize when we are at the crossroads of a decision that can have an effect not only on our life here on earth, but also on our fate when our time here is done.
The right way to go, of course, is the way of God – the way of righteousness, peace, love, and joy. Many of us have made the wrong choice at some point in our lives only to discover much later that we have spent a tremendous amount of time and expense, as well as an enormous amount of energy, moving in the wrong direction and following a path that clearly is not one God has marked out for us.
In an age of “new” and “improved” and “better,” it is sometimes difficult to understand that some things don’t change.
“Jesus Christ (is) the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 KJV).
We must always remember this. As much as the superficial things in the world change: fashion, furniture, cars, hairstyles, food preferences and on and on – no matter what transpires in politics or world events, the Lord can be counted on to be the same, and the path that God wants us to take will always be the right one.
We will never have to worry about God’s path going out of style or somehow not fitting. No matter what changes take place in the world around us, God wants us to always be aware of the path He wants us to take.
There are those who think that public displays of God are a way of forcing God, and God’s way, upon them. The truth is that God sets all of us squarely in the middle of the crossroads and allows us to make our choices. He does not force Himself on any of us. He just makes it clear that there is an eternal price to pay for following the wrong path, and there is an eternal reward to be received for following the right one.
So make the right choice when you are at the crossroads and follow the path that leads to rest for our souls and eternal rewards.