Which Way

 

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Have you ever come across a split in life’s road where you aren’t sure which path to follow?  Maybe it involved changing jobs or moving to a new town, or it could be a time when you are considering moving to a different church.  It could even be when you are facing a temptation; should you go back to the old way of living?

I think we have all had this kind of experience; what did you do?  Did you follow the right path, or did you follow the wrong one?  If you’re anything like me, you’ve done both.

There is a principle that can help at these times of indecision.  The principle is that we should try to do the thing or make the choice that will best advance the will and purposes of God, rather than our will or purposes.  Oh, I know that this isn’t always an easy decision to make, because often our purposes and God’s purposes don’t quite line up together.  Yet whenever I’ve followed my own purposes instead of God’s, I’ve come to grief sooner or later; how about you?

These incidents remind me of a passage from Joshua 24 when the people of Israel faced a major turning point when they were renewing their covenant with God; follow God or go back to the old way.  Joshua made a stark contrast and a bold statement for them to consider:

 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness.Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua 24:14-15

As we remain steadfast in our faith and steadfast in our service to the Lord, our choices are often made easier because we will follow His path and leave our own.  Yes, the choice might be easier, but the path is sometimes harder, but our Lord will never leave us alone to fend for ourselves; He will sustain us as we go.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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11 Responses to Which Way

  1. Hi Don, I have JUMPED twice (as they say) in my life. Both successfully so far. Been thinking about jumping at something again lately. It doesn’t feel good so I’ve decided to wait on The Lord’s blessing! Lol. Good post, thks!

  2. bcaudle77 says:

    Great read and the right path always makes us feel better and builds our relationship with God more and more and makes it less of a chance next time we take the wrong path.

  3. Love this, great reading! Thank you Don 🙂 God bless you…

  4. PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER says:

    Amen my brother, and I am in complete agreement with you here. When we hold onto the Lord’s unchanging hands always been willing to listen to His voice and follow His directions, we will never go wrong. Our biggest problem is when we listen to the voice of the devil telling us to go the other way which will always be different than the directions that the Lord has given us. Truly an awesome lesson for this moment in time. Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless you abundantly as you walk into your divine destiny…

  5. “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” This reminded me immediately of Robert Frost – perhaps my favorite poem. The narrow road is less traveled, more difficult at times – but the fullness of a glorious journey accompanied by Him.

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