I had come yet to another crossroad and God met me there with the word, Obedience! A few months ago, His words to me were, trust Him and He was opening new doors from the ones that are closing. Now, I believe is the test. Will I obey His word in full obedience as a revered Lord and Savior, partially obey Him as a respected Master of my life, or disobey completely. I have no problem trusting and obeying my Lord and Savior. But what am I obeying, the call to action is not clear. In fact, it is scary and a bit unnerving. There are doubts, what if I go and it was the wrong calling, what if I stay and it was the wrong calling. What are my motives behind either way to go? You see Lord, I have questions, but my trust is in you and I am not 100% trusting the one in my path.
Then God speaks in His extraordinary way, just like He always does. By pointing out obeying God includes trusting His way and His timing. To reminding me that pride needs to go and humility needs to step in. Then to a complete here is who you want to be, “Be the kind of woman who knows what God’s Word has to say about her life and her future is far more valuable than the words or opinions of others.”
In this quest for answers, I went to the One who is in control and above all. Here is where He met me again, and OH SO faithfully!!! I asked Him to reveal to my heart, and in asking He directed me to the life of Lot. We all, at one time or another will come to a crossroad that will be a defining moment for our life. In Genesis chapters 13, 14, and 19, we can find his story.
We will start with Lot’s defining moment. At moments like this, we can see in our crossroads where the path to the left looks promising, a bit easier. It looks hopeful and fertile, but there are moral and ethical issues on this road. The path to the right, is far less promising, almost with a GRAND sense of hopelessness. It is one that will be extremely hard and will require a GREAT deal of courage. Courage in yourself and in God.
“10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord. Genesis 13:10-13 NIV”
Self-interest and greed was at the heart of Lots decision and we will see pride will come into the picture as well, when God sends angles to drag Lot out of Sodom, before the Lord destroys it. You can read this part in Genesis 19: 1-26. He did not want to leave behind what he had built and owned. In the end, he did get out of Sodom and lost his everything including his wife. This stabbed me in the heart of my own self. Forcing me to question what was in my heart at the moment, that God revealed. You see dear one, when you are standing at the crossroad, deciding which road to travel. You need to bear your all to God if you want to decide best.
I am finding out that the difficult road is hard, scary, and requires a great deal of courage, faith, trust and obedience to God. In choosing the difficult road, there is peace in knowing that your decision will free you from the immoral and unethical practices that promises to feed your greed and self-interest. It is on the difficult path, where you are going to grow, to open your story up for God to do what seems impossible without Him by your side. Where His glory and honor is going to shine! Do not get me wrong, we still have to do our part but remember that when we are at our weakest He is STRONG!
“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV”