September 6, 2006

 

Encouragement for Today

 

Principle 1

 

“Crossroads”   

  Susanne Scheppmann, Proverbs 31 Speaker Team Member, Co-online Devotional Editor

 

Key Verse:

Jeremiah 6:16, “This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…” (NIV)

 

Devotion:

“I don’t remember the bushes on the side of the road looking so green,” I thought to myself.  The next thing I knew, I was driving over a bridge high above a large river clearly identified on the sign as the Colorado River. Not long after, a large yellow sign welcomed me to California. I was supposed to be entering Nevada! Somewhere, at a crossroads, I made the wrong turn and didn’t realize my mistake for over an hour.

 

Sheepishly I called my husband to tell him my news:

 

“Hi, it’s me”

 

“Hi, Honey. Are you almost home?”

 

“Not exactly, I’m in California.”

 

“What? Are you lost? Didn’t you read the map?”

 

“No, I didn’t look at the map. I thought I knew the right direction, but I must have made a wrong turn at the crossroads in Arizona. I am turning around.” 

 

My “detour” added an additional two hours to my long drive home. If only I had read my map or asked for directions, I wouldn’t have found myself in California. I wouldn’t have lost valuable time and energy.

 

Often, I make the same mistake in my spiritual life. Big decisions loom ahead. I think I know the right course. So off I go without taking time to pray or read my Bible, and my choices go awry. Once I have strayed too far down the wrong path,I usually realize: “Oops, I should have sought God’s advice.”

 

God promises that when we stand at a crossroads He will guide us. We need to stop and listen with our spiritual ears for the correct course to take. Proverbs 3:6 advises us to acknowledge Him in all our ways and He will make our paths straight. I prefer my path straight over crooked, don’t you? 

 

So the next time life presents a quandary, let’s stop at the crossroads of our decision.  Let’s ask Him which is the better way. Let’s reach for our Bible and let God’s Word become our roadmap. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path,” Psalms 119:105 (NIV). God’s Word promises to show us the right way to proceed in life.

 

My Prayer for Today:

Lord, today as I make my decisions, help me to remember to ask You for Your direction.  Guide me so that I do not take a wrong turn. Give me light for my path. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

 

Application Steps: 

Review the power verses for today. Select one to memorize. Then pray this verse when you reach a crossroad in your life. 

 

Reflection Points:

Do I seek God as a part of my decision making process?

 

What decisions loom in my life today?

 

How can I be more attuned to God’s direction in my life?

 

Power Verses: 

Isaiah 58:8, “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” (NIV)

 

Isaiah 30:21, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." (NIV)

 

Proverbs 3:6, “…in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)

 

Isaiah 35:8, “And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.” (NIV)

 

John 10:9, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.” (NIV)

 

Additional Resources: 

Becoming a Woman Who Listens To God by Sharon Jaynes

 

Traveling Together: Thoughts on Women, Friendship and Journey of Faith

 

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