Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” – Jeremiah 6:16
As we travel the road of life, we pass through many intersections. The most significant one is located at Broad Way and Narrow Way – the way of life and the way of death – the way of joy everlasting and the way of eternal separation. Since these roads lead in opposite directions, an intentional decision must be made – we must choose which way to turn.
You and I flew by this intersection time after time like it wasn’t even there (Proverbs 14:12). We continued cruising down the many, spacious lanes of the Broad Way not even noticing that narrow, one-lane road. Then Jesus opened our eyes and we saw the street sign for the first time. Now we see – it’s not a man-made road, but a divine one – one bought and paid for by Jesus Himself and paved with His precious blood. This is no mere intersection, but a Crossroad.
Having seen His sign and made that turn, we head down a new road – His Road – and that road ultimately leads to heaven in the Presence of our Savior. Until that day, our journey is filled with both great opportunities and great challenges – divine purpose and earthly temptation – the upward call of heaven and the alluring sound of the Broad Way.
Although we have a heavenly destination in our eternal GPS, we still come to various intersections and we still have choices to make. Some intersections are clearly marked by Scripture that we must not turn down that road, but others reveal the gracious choices God sovereignly allows us to make while on the journey. But how and when do we turn? How do we know which way is best? What if we make the “wrong” choice and have a head-on collision with failure or hardship?
Here are few key points to remember from the Owner’s Manual:
- Stay on God’s path – sin is a dead-end street; confess it and turn around quickly – 1 John 1:9
- Ask for directions – God is listening and ready to answer our prayers for wisdom – James 1:5
- Look for signs – God’s will is often marked by visible signs both to guide and to warn – Matt 7:7
- Fasten your seatbelt – it’s a cross country trip so expect ups and downs – John 16:33
- Keep your eyes on the road – comparing yourself to others leads to envy or pride – Gal 1:10
- God knows the way – He is not only with you, but goes before you – Psalm 139:5
- Drive friendly – watch for those with car trouble, flat tires or who are out of gas – John 13:34
- Fill up with premium – you can’t be both full of yourself and the Holy Spirit – Gal 5:16
- Don’t speed – God numbers our days and has plenty for us to do along the way – Psalm 90:12
- Enjoy the drive – God makes known to us the path of life and it’s full of joy! – Psalm 16:11
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you” – Psalm 32:8
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© 2017 Tim McKenzie
On Every Word Ministries