Are you at a crossroads?

Life is full of decision-making and crossroad moments.

What clothes should I put on? What will I eat for breakfast? What am I gonna feed these people for dinner? {Ever wonder why your people need to eat multiple times? Every. Single. Day.}

And there are, of course, important life decisions… Where should I go to school? Who shall I marry? What job will I take? Do I want to have children and how many? {Warning: Children will want to eat multiple times a day. Every. Single. Day.}

All joking aside…or, well, it’s no joke. They will expect to be fed, daily, and you will face major crossroad moments along life’s journey.

Maybe you’re at a crossroads now?

When we come upon a fork in the road, most of us tend to look for the route that’s faster – safer – easier. Isn’t it true? This is the natural approach of our human nature.

God’s approach to a crossroads

Whatever crossroad you are facing, today, the God-prescribed approach will not necessarily point to the faster – safer – easier route.

This is what the Lord says:  Stand by the roadways and look. Ask about the ancient paths: Which is the way to what is good? Then take it and find rest for yourselves. Jeremiah 6.16 HCSB

#1 – Stand

Are you at a crossroads in your life? Find out how to proceed according to God's ways as found in the Bible. Let's go...Now, I don’t know about you, but my initial tendency at a crossroads in no way resembles standing still. In fact, I’m usually anxious to get on down the road. But the Lord suggests I stand {at least for a time}.

If we look at the root word in Hebrew, stand translates to: ¹abide, dwell, endure, establish, tarry. What does this mean for us, today?

Think prayer. Whatever the crossroad – big or small – prayer is always a good place to start. It’s saying, “Lord, I’m trusting You to give me direction.”

#2 – Look

Can we agree it’s a good move to look before you take off down the road? God says we should look as we are standing {abiding and dwelling} in Him.

The root translation of look is literally to ²see and perceive. Think watching and expecting. And one of the best ways we can do this by going to the God’s Word.

It’s there we find His promises – and wisdom for the journey.

#3 – Ask

God’s approach to life’s crossroads also suggests we ask, but it’s not random questioning. The scripture says we are to ask about the ancient paths. The word ancient here means ²everlasting.

Do you know the Bible is full of ancient truths? And these lessons – a part of the living Word of God – are still everlasting for you, today.

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#4 – Take & Find

After we stand, look, and ask, His Word encourages us to take and find. I’ve put these two together because I believe they automatically go hand-in-hand.

But take what? Remember, it’s the good path we’re seeking at the crossroads. By standing, looking, and asking {of the ancient everlasting truths in His Word} we can take [or ²walk] and find

whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4.8 NIV

Not only will the everlasting truths of the Bible help you to find the “whatever’s” listed above, but look back at our focus verse. What does it say at the end of Jeremiah 6.16?

You can *find* REST

That’s some good news right there if you’re facing a crossroads.

  • Rest from your labor.
  • Rest from your concern.
  • Rest from your loss or disappointment.
  • Rest from your worry over which way to go
  • Rest from the decision that is keeping you up at night.

We can find rest at the crossroads. Every. Single. Day. It may mean taking a route not necessarily the fastest, safest, or easiest to navigate, but we can rest in choosing God’s way.

Going with God is always the better approach. He sees the entire map of your journey. He has your best interests in mind.

When you come to a crossroads, always go with God.

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¹Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary via WORDsearch11

²Vine’s Words via WORDsearch11 

6 thoughts on “Are you at a crossroads?

  1. Hi Karlene! I am new to your blog stopping over from #MomentsofHope Link-Up and these are such huge things for us to remember in a constant busy world. It seems we live in a time where we just absorb more and more. Often times we forget to stop, be still and look and seek what the Lord is asking us to do. The rest part you mention is so important and I couldn’t agree with that more from in my own personal life. Enjoying the blog and can’t wait to stop on back!

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