The Fork in the Road

Last week I shared with you Psalm 104, how God is taking care of our world. No doubt He is active and concerned for his creation. And He’s concern for and active in His children’s lives.

This week I listened to a sermon by Jim Cymbala called The Fork In the Road. I felt led to share some ideas from that sermon, and I encourage you to listen to the whole sermon here.

Cymbala shared some verses from Acts 16 where Paul, by the Holy Spirit, was redirected to minister in Macedonia instead of Asia or Bithynia. Paul recognized a legitimate need in Asia, and yet the Holy Spirit was saying to Paul, “it’s not your time, and you’re not the man I’m sending to Asia.”

Cutting to the chase, Cymbala’s sermon emphasizes how we need to maintain a closeness and intimacy with God’s Spirit so He can direct us and guide us. It’s not like God is pointing the way and saying, “go that way and be careful. Take care, okay.” No, He’s taking us by the hand, and saying, “let’s go this way together.”

The Bible gives us several guidelines on making decisions, on choosing which fork in the road. Take choosing a spouse as an example. As a young twenty-five year old, I knew the Bible. I knew that I wanted to marry a christian who loved God. I wanted someone without baggage in their life. I wanted someone who took their walk with God seriously. Someone who wanted to start a godly family with me.

The problem though—there were many young ladies out there who fit the bill. How do I know which one to pick? There wasn’t a verse telling me to go marry Jane Doe, her sister, Mary Doe or my eventual wife, Laura Smith.

The point here is that the Bible can only take us so far. It places us in a great position to make some of life’s biggest decisions. But what gets us to the final and best decision. The answer—God’s Spirt, His guidance.

This goes for all kinds of decisions: what job to take, where to minister, where to give our money, community volunteer work, etc.

How do we know we have God’s Spirit and His guidance? Look at the following verse:

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts … Colossians 3:15

That’s it. If you’re walking closely with God, He’s ultimately going to give you peace in the decisions you make. That doesn’t mean your life is going to be easy and you’re going to get rich and become prosperous. Peace is worth a lot more than all that. Peace means you know it’s the right thing to do, and it’s the right time to do it.

Bottomline, we need God’s guidance everyday–that business deal, that financial decsion, new relationships and friendships, choices regarding our health.

Anyway, thanks for reading this post. Again, I encourage you to take some time and watch Jim Cymbala’s sermon, The Fork in the Road.

God bless!

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4 Responses to The Fork in the Road

  1. stevenkopp says:

    I think you’re right, and I would want to add that simply a “feeling” of peace by itself isn’t always a great indicator. However, if you are walking closely with God, that is, you know Scripture, your values are the same as his values, you love the same things he loves, etc. then when you make a decision in line with his word, values, and loves, then peace will be the natural outcome.

    • Great observation! Yeah, I think peace is more than a fleeting feeling. It’s more a long-term state of mind, operating under the conditions you stated. Also, I don’t think “peace” necessarily leads to comfort, ease, or prosperity. It could, but we all know there are rich people out there who don’t have much peace.

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