THE CROSSROADS

Genesis 13:14-15 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had PARTED from him. ‘Lift up your eyes from where you are and look north and south, east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring (seed) FOREVER.

If you are a Christian, I have to assume you are familiar with the storyline above. Here is Abram, a man who God calls out from his home country with a promise that he will give him another land. At 75, he is childless and therefore, instead of taking the journey alone, he brings along his nephew, Lot the son of his brother Haran. For awhile, things between them works out fine, and in a sense as business partners. However with time, what had appeared as a great partnership begins cracking as Abram and Lot’s herdsmen start quarrelling over inadequate land for their herds. Then Abram does what he knows best to do. It is time to SEPARATE. And without calling it by name, he knows that he has reached HIS CROSSROADS.

But something else happens. Even though Abram is the one who has been promised the land, and therefore, has all the rights of ownership, he does the UNTHINKABLE. He gives Lot the first priority to choose which land he could take. And of course Lot chooses according to his exterior eye expertise…the plains of Jordan…near the city of SODOM AND GOMORRAH…a land well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. Abram, on the other hand is left with no option but to settle for the LEFTOVER, or so it seemed.

But wait a minute. What does Abram’s story have to do with me? You may asked. EVERYTHING…in fact, Abram’s story is your story. You see, as a Christian, you will come at a point in time when you will reach YOUR CROSSROAD. At the crossroads, there are two options; either to take one route or the other. With the human eye, either ways may seem good and attractive. But here is the TRUTH about the crossroads; only one of the roads has a NON-EXPIRY GUARANTEE note on the package. Abram didn’t realized it then, that by give Lot the first opportunity and by forfeiting his right to choose the land which looked appealing from outside, HE WAS ABOUT TO ENCOUNTER GOD AT HIS ENTIRETY. And when God finally came down: Abram was given A FOREVER LAND and in case you might ask, his seed that is Christ…and every one who is called by his name has a right to that land to this very day.

Are you at crossroads? Don’t be afraid; Don’t calculate; Don’t reason with your senses; DON’T. SIMPLY take the no option road which has the guarantee of FOREVER. You know what I am talking about…do as the HOLY SPIRIT requires of you and with time, GOD WILL SHOW UP. This is certain!!!!

PS: PRAY FOR HAITI!!

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6 thoughts on “THE CROSSROADS

  1. You know what I love about this particular part of Abraham’s journey with God? It wasn’t enough for Abraham to “look” north, south, east, west. God told him to “walk it.” Put the earth beneath his feet…

    He tells us the same. To walk it. To back up our faith vision with some faith walking.

    Just love reflecting on this story; as the spiritual seed of Abraham, we’ve much to learn from our ancestor.

    Have a great weekend!

    peace~elaine

    • That’s true Elaine. Its about walking the faith that makes faith effective. Talk about faith in action. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

      Blessings to you and your family.

      Gladwell

  2. Thanks for this Gladwell.

    I felt at the end of last year that I’d reached a crossroad; one that would determine whether I walked in the purposes of God.

    Having decided to trust him for this next season, I’m looking to him for direction, courage and faith to overcome fears.

    Your post is a good reminder that it’s not always the thing that appears to be best that is God’s plan for me.

    God bless you sis!

  3. Hi Gladwell, that’s a good point.

    You know God didn’t tell Abram to bring his family…but he did it anyway. He was disobedient. Lot’s wife didn’t make it out. And then there was the problem with the herdsmen. If we will just follow God’s plan exactly like He says…because He knows the end of a thing from the beginning of a thing…and a lot of times if we “miss” it or if we alter the plan…we alter the outcomes…THANK GOD FOR HIS MERCY…Bless you…it’s a great article…Love E

  4. Hi Gladwell
    Thank you for this encouraging devotional. I stood at the crossroads a while ago and had to make a hard choice about taking a job that was paying half of the other but I know that in God’s time, there will be blessing to me and my family and in turn, I will be able to bless God’s work too. Thanks!
    Vineet

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