Which path do I take?
How do I know what will happen?
Is everything going to turn out alright?
What if I make the wrong choice?
The journey of life is filled with forks in the road that branch out into opposite directions. We do our best to make the right decision on which path to take. We gather together an entire history of experiences and memories, weigh the pros and cons, tally up the risk, and take the first step in one direction or another. Some forks are small and the decisions are easy to make because there is little to no risk involved. You can still see how the road comes together ahead of you. But some forks curve away out of sight. We know once we decide and begin walking down that path, there is no turning back.
Parents are called, council is given by close friends, research is done, but the decision looms over you like a dark cloud. You know the correct choice can be great for you. It may even lead to more great opportunities. But that one questions sits in the center of your mind as you look back and forth down the two paths. What if I’m wrong?
God has an answer for you.
Psalm 119:105 [NIV] says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light for my path.” This world can shed so much darkness on which way we should go. We can get so lost and confused. But God’s promise to us is direction. He will shed light on the path we should take. He knows what He has planned for us, and it’s good. We can dream up different things, different paths we’d like to go down including careers, hobbies, living location, etc., but God knows the beginning from the end. He sees our lives set out before us. He knows where it will lead if we decide our own paths and He knows where it will lead if we will choose to follow Him. And every time, He says “follow me.”
Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV] says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This is great news. God, who created the universe, the earth, the heavens, every creature, tree, plant, and ocean, every star, planet, galaxy, and each small atom, holding it all together. He has a plan for YOU. Whatever you’re going through right now begs a decision to be made. Will you trust in yourself, or in Him?
Proverbs 3:5-6 [NIV] says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” In God’s Holy Word, we learn that He cares for us. He loves us. He wants the very best for us. He has it all planned out for us. He holds out His hand and says, “Follow me. I have great plans for you. You have nothing to fear. I will hold you and guide you. I will direct your paths. Trust me. I love you.”
How do we know He loves us? How do we know we can trust Him? About 2,000 years ago, He sent His only Son, Jesus to die in our place. The Bible says that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He died for the very people that have rebelled against Him. Romans chapter 3 makes it clear that we have all sinned and we have all fallen short of God’s standard of perfect holiness. So to be reconciled to Him, to have a hope of forgiveness, Jesus came and gave His own life, taking our sin upon Himself and died. Fully God and fully Man, He alone was able to pay the price for our sins and pave the way back to God. That’s how we know. That’s how we know we can trust His love for us. He could’ve drop kicked us into hell a long time ago but He loves us so much that He went to the greatest lengths to save us. Then He proved His victory over sin and death by rising from the dead. Three days after His death, He rolled the stone of His tomb away and walked out. He had defeated sin and death once and for all. And we can have that victory too, in Him.
This fork in the road is the most important one you will ever reach. To believe and follow Jesus to eternal life, or reject Him and follow your own path which leads to hell and eternal death.
Jesus loved us enough to die for us, but we still have to make a decision.
John 3:18 [NIV] says, “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.
If you have not made that choice yet, you are faced with that fork in the road now. I urge you, beg you, choose Jesus before it’s too late. This may be your last chance to make that decision. Choose life. Choose Jesus. Get a Bible and read it, study it. It is His love letter to you. Plug into a Bible teaching church and grow in His Spirit, His grace, and His mercy. You will never regret it.
Step out of the boat and out onto the waves of life, following in Jesus’ footsteps on the water.
God bless you!
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