Our church has been studying our way through the book of Proverbs, with yesterday’s message on chapter 19. As we looked at the verses and studied how the decisions determined the outcome, I was struck by the simple fact that we all stand at the fork in the road.
When we decide to speak truth we choose to walk in the light, to develop honor and respect because our actions are as God called us to live (Proverbs 19:16). When we choose to lie, to mock, and to condemn others, we are choosing to walk away from God. It maybe a little at a time, but we take the fork in the road that leads away and eventually we find ourselves far away from Him. The more lies a person tells, the more common those lies become and the less truth remains familiar.
I thought of the people I love; what were their desires? Which route would they take at the fork in the road? Did they long to walk with God in truth and trust His purposes and ways (Proverbs 19:8)? Did they only want to walk with God when it was convenient or would look good to those around them? What of the people who consistently make the wrong choices only to point their fingers at everyone else, at God, for their predicament (Proverbs 19:3)?
Young men and women will be entering college dorms this week and next. Each one will stand at their own fork in the road, each one will have to decide whether they will call out to God to hold them steadfast in their faith (Proverbs 19:23). Or they will tell God they don’t want Him around them, their choices becoming more and more selfish. More and more destructive. It’s the choices they will make or not make that will grow or diminish their relationship with God (Proverbs 19:16).
Dear Ones, as you watch children, young men and women, return to school, pray for them. Pray for their classmates, their teachers, and family to seek God’s wisdom, His purposes, for the decisions they will make in the next months. Pray for them to come in contact with others who follow Christ to help them seek Him again and again. It is only through walking with Christ, seeking the wisdom of Heaven daily, that we will grow in our relationship with Him.
May we choose the road that is narrow, but filled with purpose, joy, and a life lived to the fullest at Jesus’ side.