Summary: As we come to the end of this year and face the year 2002, there are pathways ahead that we must choose to walk upon. Let’s be sure that we choose the right way.
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Pastor James May
CHOOSING THE RIGHT ROAD
Jeremiah 6:16-17, "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken."
We stand today at a junction in the road of life. This is the last Sunday of the year 2001 and ahead is the path that we must walk as we continue our journey. Behind us are the years that we have walked with all of their joy, sorrow, pain and happiness. All of these things that have come to us, have shaped us and formed us into the person that we are today. The path we take now will determine who and what we become and we step on into the future.
As I think about the journey that we are all traveling, I think of how many people prepare for a trip.
First, there are those who will jump into a car and go without making any real plans or preparations. If we make no plans at all and just take off without any destination in mind then we should not be surprised when we arrive at a destination and either realize that we are where we didn’t want to go or else we just don’t know that we have arrived at all. So many people walk through life clueless.
I have met and I know a lot of people who cannot tell you what their plans for the future are because there are no plans for the future. They only think of right here and right now. They live and die according to the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:25, 6:31 & Mark 13:11 when He said, Take no thought for your life… "
I don’t believe that Jesus was telling us to not think of the future, not make any plans, not to consider the days ahead at all – He was simply saying that we should not face the road ahead with worry and anxiety over how we are going to make it because He will provide for us our daily bread and meet all of our needs.
On the opposite side of that are those who will plan for months to make use of every minute on a weekend trip.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being on a trip with these folks either. This is the type of people that have every moment of their day and every day of their life all mapped out. They live and die by a schedule book and they have set their goals and dreams in concrete and have a plan of action to accomplish what they desire for the future.
On the surface it seems that this second group of people are the “Great Achievers” of life. These are the entrepreneurs, the self-motivated, dream builders and movers and shakers of life. They seem to accomplish great things and become the leaders of all who have no real dreams and goals.
But there is one gigantic flaw in this type of lifestyle – there is no place for the Holy Spirit to move and interfere with their plans. They leave no room for God and they have no time for the things of the Kingdom of God because they are too caught up going for the gusto of life.
So ahead of us are the choices of the road we must travel through life. Has the road you traveled thus far taken you to where you thought you would be today? Do you feel that you are dwelling in the perfect Will of God for your life or do you feel that something is lacking and that your destination has eluded you and still is out there somewhere.