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.

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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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13 Responses to Which Way?

  1. Mary says:

    Timely for me, thank you

  2. Little Monk says:

    Hey Don!

    You’re right, I think we’ve all been at those kinds of “fork in the road” from time to time. I certainly have.

    I’ve found, in such moments, that it is often hard for me even to hear/discern an answer to the question, “What is Your will [for me] here, Lord?” I think that’s simply because the (spoken or silent) “for me” in the question puts just enough of my own concerns into it… my own anxiety, even to do His will… that it makes “static in my hearing”. It makes interference, like “jamming” a radar, or fogging a lighthouse. It’s just hard to discern. The context, framework, introduces bias.

    One such time, I realized this… I was “wringing my hands” over waiting for the answer. I was experiencing stress about it. And I realized what was happening.

    So… I started framing my “petition for wisdom” (in James’ terms), in different words…

    I started asserting my own indifference to the answer, asking Him to free me from such concern, and just tell me “what path gives You the most glory through my life, Lord?” “Where is the glory for You?” “Where/which is the most loving path?” “Where/which reflects Jesus/love the most to others?”

    At any point where I could truly get “me” out of the question, and entirely focus on the Him in the question… the path would always light up like neon.

    Dunno if that would help any others, but it’s always been helpful to me ever since!

    Grace — LM

  3. You and LM are quite wise in these matters. I have also simply asked Him to reveal the path to me clearly, and have walked away mentally from the decision until I receive that revelation. He never fails to give me a clear sign one way or the other, and most times it’s one of those, “Doh!” moments. 🙂

  4. paulfg says:

    Yes to all the comments – and something not mentioned maybe. How we seek advice of others – and seek advice of others until we find (at least) one who agrees with what we want to do. Then we search no more (usually). If our Lord indwells – then He indwells in each of us. Not just the ones who hear Him saying to them what we want them to hear Him saying to them. 🙂

  5. Oh, yeah, you’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head. I have backtracked so many times I sometimes wonder if I’ve advanced at all.

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