Life is all about choices. From the beginning of time, God instructed man, but allowed him to choose. Sometimes I ponder the choices I and others make.
I think of choices such as driving. Which direction should I take? There may be two routes to the same place, but very different views along the way. One route might be longer while the other route is shorter, but with many curves along the road. Since curves are not my friend, I would choose the longer route. One route might have beautiful scenery while the other could lead me off the path to a steep and difficult way.
I’m reminded of Robert Frost, America’s poet laureate of the 1960s, and his famous verse, “The Road not Taken.” I’m sure many of you are familiar with it.
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both, And be one traveler, long I stood, And looked down one as far as I could, To where it bent in the undergrowth … ”
The poem ends with: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
Our choices certainly make all the difference. Scripture provides us with the complete guide for the journey. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to “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.”
Often we are off course to our destiny because we do not follow the instructions of the Lord. This is a fact of all of our lives. It is not more evident than in the lives of the children of Israel.
We also can learn from scripture and Jesus’ teachings — in Matthew 7:13-14 He instructs us to enter through the narrow gate, because “wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction.” His primary nugget of truth is, “small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life.”
These principles are not only true of individuals, but also for ministries and institutions. Our trust and confidence must be in our Lord. Daily I am blessed when, at the end of the day, I realize how much He guided me. Peace accompanies me during the day when I seek and sense His presence. In every situation, I have learned to look at the detours and ask Him for direction in responding to calls, letters, conversations, etc.
As we move into the middle of this year, let’s remember we have choices to make each day. If we use our guidebook, God’s Word, the choices are marked clearly. When you look at the choices of your life, I encourage you to choose those that bring “life” in Christ. After all, the Lord of yesterday is the God of today and tomorrow. Trusting Him brings peace.
Let’s continue to place our trust and confidence in Him to make the right choices and stay on His road for a glorious tomorrow, because that will make all the difference!