Have you ever found yourself at a crossroad without any idea of which way to go?
I know I have. There are times where it’s an easy choice. Actually, let me correct that; it’s a simple choice. Simple doesn’t always mean easy. But, there are times the crossroad gives you two options and it’s pretty clear which one is the way we should go.
But, what about when the crossroad has a few options and a couple of the roads look like they may take you where you are heading. What do we do then? How do we know which way to go? Which door do we walk through.
Have you ever been there? Trying to figure out where to go next because there’s more than one choice? You want to go down the right path, the one God has for you, but you have no idea which one that is?
It’s in these moments where we need 4 things.
- Surrender to God (what does God think?)
- Know God’s Heart
I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I hate it. Advice is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine.Proverbs 8:12-14 (NASB)
Below you will find all of Proverbs 18. I encourage you read the entire chapter because it clearly lays out who Wisdom is.
When standing at a crossroad, we should not make a decision without Wisdom. She (wisdom) guides us even in practical ways because as we see in the verses above, Wisdom hates pride, arrogance, and even a perverted mouth. Wisdom will not take us down a road where we will find these things.
At a crossroads, those who love the Lord, will always desire to choose the road God wants. But, it’s one thing to ask for it and it’s another to surrender to it Him. Like I said, the right path may be simple, but not easy. Surrender is a requirement to choosing the best road.
I’ll be honest. Knowing God’s heart makes it a lot easier to surrender. When you know God and His heart, trusting in Him becomes so much easier because you realize that He is the safest place to be. Even if the road may not be easy, and at times it can look scary – even maybe a little overwhelming – you know God’s heart, what He thinks, and that it’s the best place for you to be.
There are times where the path is filled with obstacles and it’s the road you should take. Then there are times where a road filled with obstacles screams “Wrong way! Turn around.” Wisdom is knowing when to tell the difference. This is when Divine Wisdom comes into play. It’s not of you. It comes from your Creator, your Father.
When you seek wisdom, you’ll know to tell the difference. I’ve noticed that I usually get stuck making a decision and I call it a complicated decision. Really, I know the way I should go. I just don’t want to go that way. It’s simple, but not easy. So, I call it complicated. The war between what I want and what God wants can be fierce, but that is where knowing God and surrendering is key.
Lastly, there one last key ingredient to making the best choice. Courage. Knowing where to turn is great, but we must have the courage to take the step to begin the journey.
A common thing to hold us back is fear. Knowing God’s heart is vital to having the courage to overcome fear. Why? Because God’s love casts out all fear. When you know Him and know His love for you, you will look fear in the eyes, tell it to “get lost!”, push it out of your way, and adamantly pursue the journey set before you.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you He will neither fail you nor abandon you.Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT)
Now, for those who know me, I am really big into context. I think it’s important that at some point you take the time to read the verses I just shared in context. God spoke those words to someone else in the Bible, but I believe that God’s words have life and we can claim them for ourselves. When you know God’s heart, you know that He would want these things for you. Reading these verses in context by reading the full story they fall within will only magnify the awesomeness of these promises…and it will reveal the heart of God to you.
So, friend, if you find yourself at a crossroad, take a moment to seek Wisdom and God’s heart, surrender to Him, and then step out in courage to embark on the journey God has set before you. It may not always be the easiest journey, but it’s always the one worth taking.