“…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…” Jer 6:16
Life crossroads are inevitable. We are all faced with a myriad of small and huge decisions to make on a daily basis, most requiring discernment. Lately, I’ve found myself standing at the crossroad with a handful of acceptable options but an end I cannot see. Should I take this job offer or not? Should I quit or keep on? Should I stay or move on? Should I say yes or no? Should I invest in this business or not? If you are like me and have made some dumb decisions in the past, you would know that this is not a place to go rushing headlong. My greatest concern as a believer, would be choosing a way that seems right in my human eye, and end up missing God’s best.
Naturally, life crossroads are not easy. They are full of uncertainty and can keep you second-guessing. You are not sure what to embrace and what to bid fare-well. At times, they can result to sleepless nights with the “What if” question constantly hammering in your head. “What if I screw up?”, “What if I miss a life-changing opportunity?”, or “What if this is a blessing in disguise…what if it’s not?” The fear of making wrong choices always creeps in because some decisions made at crossroad can lead to years of regret, sorrow or happiness.
We don’t have to rely on our limited human understanding on crossroads or while making our day-to-day decisions. Our understanding is limited to what we see, think, or imagine. God’s understanding is unsearchable and infinite. Having grasped this truth, crossroad moments for me are times to trust in the Lord, lean on His understanding, acknowledge Him and wait for His directions. I know for some, the words “trust in the Lord” have somewhat become a cliché and they’d probably say, “this one has been overused please say something new.” Truth of the matter is, the bible does not give specific/step-to-step guidance to life shaping decisions. It only commands us to trust in the Lord.
Moses understood how vital it was to have God lead and guide his people during the exodus. He did not want to go anywhere if God was not going to be there with them (Exo 33:15-16). God then assured him of His presence, and guided them with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Whenever the cloud stopped, the Israelites would stop and set up camp. When it began moving, they did too. His presence set the pace for their journey.
We often go wrong when we fail to believe that God has such a life-plan for us. We decide our own course of action, lay our own plans, choose our own profession, decide upon our own business and expect God to follow us. No, It doesn’t work that way. In one of the Israelite’s moment of disobedience, God warned them from attacking the Amalekites and Canaanites. His presence would not be with them if they went to war. “Do not go up…you will be crushed by your enemies because the Lord is not with you…you will fall by the sword,” Moses warned the Israelites (Numbers 14:41-44). However, they disregarded the counsel of the Lord, went to war and fell flat on their faces. Yes, the end result was disastrous.
We express trust in God by seeking counsel from the Word and through prayers. He orders our steps. His Word illuminates our path. As we tune our ear to the voice of His Word and the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we position ourselves to receive instructions and clarity. We begin to hear His voice saying, this is the way, walk in it… (Isa.30:21). Through perfect submission, we become sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit who searches the deep things of God and reveals them to us (1 Cor 2:10-11). The Spirit then gives us peace that surpasses human understanding, helping us come to a solution and settle the issue of concern.
Isn’t that great? We don’t have to fumble about blindly or struggle to find the way, when we can trust in an all-wise and all-knowing God. He knows the end result before the beginning. Sometimes, He may direct us in a path we least expect, or one that is contrary to reason. We ought to trust and obey. His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts. God can see the big picture in such a way that we cannot fathom. At first you may fail to understand how things will work out in the path He’s leading you. But don’t try to figure Him out with your finite mind, no, don’t do that; just trust. As you follow and walk in obedience, the beauty of His plan and purposes will eventually unveil. Bless you!
“Help me find it” by Sidewalk Prophets. Hope the song blesses you:
If there’s a road I should walk, Help me find it
If I need to be still, Give me peace for the moment
Whatever Your will, Can you help me find it