Are You Standing At the Crossroads?”

Standing at the crossroads.

“Crossroads” is defined as the intersection of several roads. This post will metaphorically surround the topic of crossroads because you may be standing at the crossroads. What that means is that there are different paths/roads which you can take as you journey throughout your life, but, you need to make a decision. The truth is that we all come to a point in life where we have to make tough decisions. And I get it, decisions aren’t easy to make, but that’s why I’m going to talk about how you should choose which crossroad to take.

Standing at the Crossroads?

As I mentioned earlier, whether you care about your life or not, you’ve got to make decisions.

You can live your life with absolute complacency or back-breaking self-discipline, but in the end, the decision is yours.

Your decisions can lead you down a dark crossroad, and may ultimately betray you…

Proverbs 14:12 World English Bible (WEB)
12 There is a way which seems right to a man,
    but in the end it leads to death.

Or your decisions can bless your name and lead you down a crossroad of triumph!

Proverbs 2:20 World English Bible (WEB)
20 So you may walk in the way of good men,
    and keep the paths of the righteous.

The point I’m trying to get across is that your decisions matter. And the crossroad you take will make an impact on your life, I guarantee you that.

I’ll give you some examples of times when you might have to choose between crossroads. A personal example, is that very soon, I’ll have to make a decision as to what university I attend.

Another example, not relating to my personal life, is if one must decide between two careers. A different example of one stuck between crossroads is one imbued with a passion to begin a business yet is wary of the potential risk to such a pursuit.

I can give thousands of examples of major decisions we are all bound to make. But, you first ought to know that your decisions do matter because they ultimately lead to somewhere. Ten seasons from now, you’ll either be rejoicing or grovelling because of your decision.

There’s Someone Standing Next to You

However, you’re not alone. Rather, there is someone observing every step you make. He sees you as you stumble and He sees you as you succeed. You might have not taken notice of Him already, but, He’s there.

His name is Lord Jesus Christ. He is the God who came down to Earth in the flesh so that He may receive the divine retribution for your sins.

And the most important time you choose between crossroads is when you choose to either go down the path where He leads you or the path where you believe yourself to be the leader.

Psalm 119:105 World English Bible (WEB)
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet,
    and a light for my path.

In the above scripture, King David tells God that His word is a lamp to David’s feet and a light to his path.

And for a long time, I’ve been asking myself, “Who’s holding that lamp?” Well, I can say in my life, through every narrow escape I’ve made and every close call I’ll ever make in my life, it’s been Lord Jesus Christ who’s held that lamp.

I may have been ever so tempted to be unfaithful to Him, yet, it is Lord Jesus, who always motions the lamp in His hand to my eyes that I may see the crossroads ahead of me.

2 Timothy 2:13 World English Bible (WEB)
13 If we are faithless,
    he remains faithful;
    for he can’t deny himself.”

And as I gaze into His fiery eyes, I become confident that whatever path I take, I shall take for His glory. My question to you this day is do you have someone to hold the lamp for you? Do you know where you’re headed?

If not so, accept Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour; let Him guide you down the right crossroad!

Hesitation

I wonder what would happen if hesitation did not play such a glamourous role in our decision making. Either one of two things could happen.

We’d either be making more decisions that are terrible or more decisions that are beneficial. Therefore, I say to hesitate from making unwise choices yet show no mercy to the one who tempts you to be hesitant from that which is undoubtfully good.

An example of when hesitation is good is when it causes you to think for a second or two before making a business partnership. Think long and hard before you make any major decisions.

On the other hand, it is your responsibility to show no hesitation when God calls you to do something. When you absolutely know that God wants you to start some sort of venture, then, don’t let hesitation steal your opportunity to receive God’s blessing!

Luke 9:62 World English Bible (WEB)
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for God’s Kingdom.”

Let hesitation be your ally instead of your opponent for it is better to have it as a safeguard instead of as a tempter. Think twice before you make any major decision or investment of your resources, but, don’t look back once you’ve set out to do what God wants you to do.

If you’re not sure about what should be your next course of action, ask God for His wisdom. He’s not stingy when it comes to His counsel. You can be sure you will receive a response once you share your dilemma with Him because He never breaks His Word.

Isaiah 58:11 World English Bible (WEB)
11 and Yahweh will guide you continually,
    satisfy your soul in dry places,
    and make your bones strong.
You will be like a watered garden,
    and like a spring of water
    whose waters don’t fail.

In conclusion, as you stand at the crossroads, read His Word, seek Him in prayer, and let Lord Jesus Christ guide you down the path which He wills for your life!

Underestimating The Crucified King Now Risen And Alive

Christ risen and alive

Many of us underestimate. We underestimate others, we underestimate ourselves, and so forth. But, if there’s one person we should not underestimate, that person is Jesus Christ. Many have underestimated Jesus, even those who believed in Him, but, God always makes sure that those who underestimate Him will come to a realization. It is my prayer that those of you reading this post will come to trust Jesus for who He is. In this post, I will talk about underestimation wherever it applies in life and how Jesus should not be underestimated for He is risen and alive.

The Nature of Man is to Underestimate

It is fundamental human nature to underestimate and that starts with ourselves. Sometimes people underestimate how good they are at playing a sport, and so, they just don’t try it at all.

At other times, people underestimate a business they just started and decide to not expand. The point is that it is intrinsically human to underestimate ourselves, but, sometimes God wants us to be more because we are His children.

Now, one key example of a person who underestimates himself in the Bible is Gideon. Gideon was a Jewish man who was not significant but God wanted him to free the nation of Israel from the tyrannical Midianites of that time.

Judges 6:15 World English Bible (WEB)
15 He said to him, “O Lord, how shall I save Israel? Behold, my family is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.

However, like all human beings, Gideon underestimated himself and questioned God as to why He had made such a poor choice in choosing him. Of course, God never makes mistakes and once Gideon finally got his act together, God used him to lead 300 men to fight an entire army. Finally, Gideon won and Israel was liberated.

Another example of people underestimating was with Moses when God called him to lead Israel out of slavery in Egypt. Moses tried to lecture God on how he could not talk properly, but God still wanted to use him.

Exodus 3:11 World English Bible (WEB)
11 Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?

Despite Moses underestimating how God can use him, God used him nevertheless. So, if God calls you to do something, do it; do not underestimate what God can use you for.

Exodus 12:51 World English Bible (WEB)
51 That same day, Yahweh brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

God splits the ocean in half as Moses leads Israel out of Egypt

Underestimating Others

Since we’ve now established the point to not underestimate ourselves, let’s see the other side of the coin. God also wants us to not underestimate others. And He makes that clear throughout His lovely Word.

The Bible says David was but a shepherd boy and when Goliath the giant Philistine warrior was challenging Israel, all of Israel was scared. But, David wanted to defeat Goliath because God was with him. Now, when God is with you, and you’re challenging giants, remember, God is always the bigger giant.

But, David’s oldest brother, Eliab, scolded David and underestimated big time.

1 Samuel 17:28 World English Bible (WEB)
28 Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David, and he said, “Why have you come down? With whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the evil of your heart; for you have come down that you might see the battle.”

Eliab just couldn’t see how a small guy could defeat a behemoth of a man. Eliab was thinking that if he couldn’t fight Goliath, how could anyone else fight the giant? Maybe you’ve thought of someone in your family who’s had a bad past and you think they’d never change, but, I’m telling you, God can change and use any person for His glory! Or maybe you thought that a certain person is naive and will never be able to financially succeed, well, God is the God of wisdom and He can turn a naive person into a financial genius. And in this case, Eliab ended up horribly wrong when David defeated the prideful, cocky giant.

1 Samuel 17:50 King James Version (KJV)
50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

Therefore, do not be like Eliab, instead, respect the anointing of others and don’t even think about underestimating what God can do through them.

Don’t underestimate those who trust in God

Risen and Alive Christ Jesus

I hope you’ve noticed by now that the prevailing theme throughout my post is not to underestimate anyone. But, now, I’m going to take it to the next layer of truth. Do not underestimate God. Throughout this post, I’ve used examples from the Bible of underestimated people, but, if you really think about it, the examples teach that people underestimate God.

Moses and Gideon not only underestimated themselves but they also underestimated God by asking Him how is it possible for Him to use them. Furthermore, Eliab heard David not boasting in himself, but boasting in how God can defeat Goliath and Eliab still underestimated God through David.

So, it is very easy for us to doubt and to underestimate what God can do. In fact, many people underestimated Jesus. When Jesus was on the cross dying for you and for me, taking on the brunt of hell with a crown of thorns, people underestimated Him. I talk more about why He allowed Himself to undergo the crucifixion in this post.

Mark 15:31-32 World English Bible (WEB)
31 Likewise, also the chief priests mocking among themselves with the scribes said, “He saved others. He can’t save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, that we may see and believe him.” Those who were crucified with him also insulted him.

If you’ve felt underestimated before, then, Jesus felt it all the more. With ribbons of flesh peeling off his dying body, the thorns of a prickly crown swirling through His skull, people viciously mocked Him. They were mocking Him with the presupposition that He couldn’t do anything.

The Nature of God is to Defy Underestimation

They believed He died for nothing, they thought that once He died, He would stay dead. And that’s why they were mocking Him, my God, even the people crucified with Him started mocking Him. Jesus came to the point that everyone underestimated Him.

But, as He died for our salvation on Good Friday, He rose again risen and alive after three days and nights on Easter Sunday.

Matthew 28:6 World English Bible (WEB)
He is not here, for he has risen, just like he said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying.

Jesus is alive and risen. He is the God of miracles and He will make a miracle out of you so don’t doubt the God who defies underestimation. Furthermore, the Bible says that He appeared after His resurrection to many people so as to proclaim that He is risen and alive.

1 Corinthians 15:6 World English Bible (WEB)
Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain until now, but some have also fallen asleep.

So many people were convinced they had seen the once crucified King now risen and alive. That is why they stood for the Gospel even though it cost many of them their lives. But this is the good news we now celebrate on Good Friday. Jesus’ sacrifice followed by His resurrection was so epic that it started the Church.

Thus, to witness and experience the power of God in your life along with the lives of those around you, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. He paid a heavy price on this Good Friday so He could put His resurrection power in you. Therefore, do not underestimate anyone, just trust Jesus, stay humble, and see what God wants to do in your life.

Romans 8:11 World English Bible (WEB)
11 But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.