Weekly Devotionals – 26th October 2020

Have you ever come to a crossroads, a place where you had to make a choice as to which direction to go in? Some decisions tend to be inconsequential, while others seem to carry great significance. As we draw nearer to the last days, we find the Bible making the case to beware of a lukewarm, middle-of-the-road type of Christianity (Revelation 3:16). We also find that the Bible has several examples where a defined path or cause was chosen. Let’s take a look at these examples below:
 
… “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” … (1 Kings 18:21)
 
The prophet Elijah was inspired to challenge the people to either be all out for God, or all out for Baal. The worship of Baal is idolatry; or better stated, anything that takes the place of God. People today like to mix the pleasures of the world with Kingdom principles. The battle that took place upon Mt Carmel has its modern-day counterpart. The Word of the Lord is constantly pleading for people to come out from the snare of Babylon (Revelation 18:4).
 
… But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
 
Joshua made clear that his allegiance was to Almighty God as opposed to the gods of other nations. What kind of pathway do we establish in our homes? Is God given the highest honour or is allowance made for the idols of this world to creep in? What are the television programmes we watch or games we play? Today’s secular culture seeks to strip away intimacy with God. Can we be like Joshua and make a similar declaration as to who is Lord in our homes and workplaces?
 
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” (Matthew 7:13)
 
The above verse represents two distinct paths that can be taken amongst Christians. Remember the account of Abram and Lot? The two walked together for a season, but separated by going forth in two different directions (Genesis 13:10, Hebrews 11:8). The Bible notes Lot as a righteous man (2 Peter 2:7), but he was not on the same path as his Uncle Abraham. If not for the intercessory prayer of Abraham, Lot would have been swallowed up in the judgement upon Sodom.
  
There are times when there are crossroads or clear lines of demarcation in the lives of God’s people. Which path will we choose? The Lord made the following statement to the Church of Laodicea:
 
So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (Revelation 3:16)
 
The Lord is faithful to lead and guide us in our Christian journey. It is imperative that we maintain intimacy with the Lord so that we will discern the true path the Lord has placed before us. Lot, like many Christians today, chose a path that looked appealing and good. King Solomon spoke of a path or way that seems right to a man, but its end are the ways of death (Proverbs 14:12). We cannot afford to straddle between two paths; a choice must be made. Let the words of Elijah, the words of Joshua, and the Words of our Lord resonate in our Spirit. Choose the Lord this day, and serve Him to the best of our abilities. It will help establish our feet on the true pathway to life.