Are you willing to travel the seemingly more difficult road? Often, the most rewarding road in life is not the one with the least resistance, but the one that leads to long term fulfillment. This is in spite of its many challenges because of an enemy that will oppose us. The point of decision regarding which road to take may be a choice to accept Jesus’ love and forgiveness – or it may be a decision that affects our destiny and calling here on earth, or possibly, a decision that would have a much smaller impact on our life. Whatever it is, we find ourselves at a crossroads and a decision must be made.
Crossroads are points of decision where we must choose a particular road, and it is wise to look at such choices honestly and realistically. I heard this quote today while in a movie: “I am not going to miss out on something great just because it might also be hard.” These words spoke to me, as right now I am facing a choice. One road before me leads to a promise, but I know it will have opposition; the other road is much less rewarding, in fact, it could possibly lead to a missed destiny, and thus leave me with certain emptiness. However, it seems a “good choice” as it appears to be the road of least resistance.
The Bible tells us in Matthew 7:14, that the road to following God’s plan is narrow and that few people will take that road. In studying the original meaning for the word “narrow,” I found that it means: a place of “difficulties that come from without”. In other words, when we choose God’s road, it does not mean that there will be no hardships or trials (opposition) as a result of our choices.
Keep in mind that when we make “God Choices” in our life – those choices made in obedience to Him leading to His fulfilled plan for our life – God promises to be with us and to strengthen us! He promises that He will never leave us! He promises to give us wisdom if we ask Him and do not doubt Him. We will not travel this road alone! So what may appear at first glance to be the more difficult choice, because we see or sense the opposition on that road, we must also realize that it is the path on which we will experience God in new ways and find a life of deep satisfaction as we have never experienced before.
As the year 2012 is now here, many of us stand at crossroads. I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to seek God for His direction, and then be willing to be obedient and take God’s road, even when it may appear to be the more difficult road. Don’t miss out on something great just because it might be hard!
Have any of you taken the seemingly more difficult road but found it was the most rewarding?