Friday, June 2, 2017


by Susanne Scheppmann

Key Verse: 
Jeremiah 6:16, “This is what the Lord says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls…” (NIV)

“I don’t remember the bushes on the side of the road looking so green,” I thought to myself. Within the next 30 seconds, I drove over a bridge. The water below was boldly identified as the Colorado River. Then a large yellow sign welcomed me to California. I was supposed to be entering Nevada. Somewhere at a crossroad, I made the wrong turn. I didn’t realize my mistake for over an hour.

Sheepishly I called my husband to tell him my news: 

“Hi, it’s me” 

“Hi, Honey. Are you almost home?”

“Not exactly, I’m in California.”

“What? Are you lost? Didn’t you read the map?”

“No, I didn’t look at the map. I thought I knew the right direction, but I must have made a wrong turn at the crossroads in Arizona. I am turning around.”  

My “detour” added an additional two hours to my long drive home. If only I had read my map or asked for directions, I wouldn’t have found myself in California. I wouldn’t have lost valuable time and energy.

Often, I make the same mistake in my spiritual life. Big decisions loom ahead. I think I know the right course. So off I go without taking time to pray or read my Bible and my choices go awry. Eventually I realize, “Oops, I should have sought God’s advice.” 

God promises that when we stand at a crossroads He will guide us. We need to stop and listen with our spiritual ears for the correct course to take. Proverbs 3:6 advises us to acknowledge Him in all our ways and He will make our paths straight. I prefer my path straight over crooked, don’t you?  

So the next time life presents a quandary, let’s stop at the crossroads of our decision.  Let’s ask Him which is the better way. Let’s reach for our Bible and let God’s Word become our roadmap. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path,” Psalms 119:105 (NIV). God’s Word promises to show us the right way to proceed in life. 

Lord, today as I make my decisions help me to remember to ask You for Your direction.  Guide me so that I do not take a wrong turn. Give me light for my path. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.  

Application steps:  
Review the power verses for today. Select one to memorize. Then pray this verse when you reach a crossroad in your life.  

Refection points:
Do I seek God as a part of my decision making process?

What decisions loom in my life today?

How can I be more attuned to God’s direction in my life?

Power verses:  
Isaiah 58:8, “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.” (NIV)

Isaiah 30:21, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." (NIV)

Proverbs 3:6, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (NIV)

Isaiah 35:8, “And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.” (NIV)

John 10:9, “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.” (NIV)

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