October 20, by Kgalalelo
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
If you are like me, you have probably found yourself at crossroads not knowing which way to turn; and if you are like me again, it possibly has occurred quite a few times over the course of your life and will probably happen again and again as you journey on. It is indeed a difficult place to find yourself at.
I had to find just the right picture to depict what I was seeing in my mind, and you need to put yourself right at the intersection to get the feel of it. This is where I found myself some time ago and I’m certain that there are many across the world who are right there in the centre.
You might be sitting down with your head facing down, having lost all hope or maybe looking around wondering which direction to take, I would suggest kneeling down in prayer instead, that’s what I did and still do when I find myself at the crossroads and oblivious of the right path to take.
A few years ago, the World Wrestling Entertainment came to South Africa and shows were held at major cities in the country and I chose to attend in Durban. I was still young at that time and excited with the line-up. Seeing the wrestlers live in my own country was thrilling.
Driving all the way to Durban from Bloemfontein for six hours was nothing compared to the excitement I was feeling. My mind was fixated on what I was about to experience. I was still in my twenties; the most exciting and craziest time of my life and the world was my oyster. I loved to travel and wanted to have fun and see places. I was daring and probably the most fearless to explore, within parameters, off course, in safe and enjoyable ways at that time.
I arrived in Durban in the late afternoon, located the guesthouse I had booked myself at, settled in for the night as I was exhausted from driving long hours and rested in anticipation of the show the following evening.
I never really took the time to drive around the suburb the next day to familiarise myself with the neighbourhood, I had the name of the street and the guesthouse and that was enough for me.
I drove to the venue while it was still light to find parking and queue so long, as I knew the entire city would be there and indeed people came in multitudes. The show later began and it was spectacular. Seeing all those wrestlers live in my own door step was out of this world.
When the show ended, and it was late at night, I drove back to the guesthouse. I thought that it would be easy to get there but because it was dark, I found myself going round in circles. I couldn’t locate the street though I was in the right suburb and the more I drove around in vain, the more concerned I became. I was in a city I was unfamiliar with and anxious about my safety.
I began to pray while driving and asked God to give me direction to the guesthouse and the next turn I made was in the right street. I saw the street name sign, it just appeared and I began to rejoice and gave thanks to God Almighty. It took God just a fraction of a second to turn the car wheels into the right path and I was finally there. What a relief!
When you find yourself in a predicament, not knowing which way to turn, call upon the name of the Lord and He will save you (Romans 10:13). He will rescue you from the clutches of possible danger. I could have driven out of town without knowing it, or into another suburb but God lifted the car up and placed it where it had to be. What a mighty God we serve.
God will remind you of His grace over your life. He will remind you of similar situations where He came through for you, that you may trust and have faith that He is able to do it again.
He brought that particular incident to memory when I needed to make a decision about which subject to choose for my studies. I was in a dilemma as I strongly believe that whatever I choose or embark on as fundamental as education, should be aligned with my life’s purpose. Whatever I do, should speak to the divine assignment of my life. This is important to me. I want everything that I do in my life to harmonise, then I would know that I am heading in the right direction.
The only way I could find clarity was through prayer. So, I imagined myself at the junction and began to pray. I asked God to show me the way that I should take, to put things into perspective and lead the way. Following Him is the best. Deuteronomy 5:33 testifies by saying, “Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess”.
The Bible also says in 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.” The Holy Spirit is your friend, He is the voice of God inside you, always awaiting recognition and your call.
When you do not know what to do, call on the Lord, and He will answer. He says in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” There is so much that Go wants to do for us, yet we do not call on Him.
We often think that we know much, but we know very little. Our knowledge is only a fraction of what God is able to reveal to us.
Just last week, I went to a place that offers swimming lessons close to my children’s school and was certain that my children would be accepted without any glitch; how wrong I was. The schedule was tight and they couldn’t assist me during the times that were suitable for us. I was disappointed and realised later during the day that I never consulted heaven. I never spoke to God about the matter. I had taken it for granted that my children would get the space.
I went before the Lord that evening with a repented heart and asked Him to make a way. This time, I have left it to God to plan it perfectly.
God is faithful and He loves us and the Bible says that He is also patient with us not wanting anyone to perish (2 Peter 3:9).
Paul on the other hand says, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
God will never leave nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5). This is an everlasting covenant He has made with us. So, it should be easy to call on Him when we are facing a dilemma. Our situation doesn’t intimidate God, therefore, our issues whether big or small, should be presented before the throne for His grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in weaknesses, says His Word (2 Corinthians 12:9).
The Bible further says in Romans 8:26 that, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words”. So, we don’t have any excuse. If we are not certain what to pray for and how to pray, the Holy Spirit is available for us.
Be certain and have faith today that God knows the way and He can point the direction that you need to go. You don’t have to sit or stand forever at the crossroads, for He knows the road that can get you faster to where you should be. He calculates the kilometres, knows which road is muddy, one that is only gravel, which one has potholes and the smooth road to make your journey comfortable.
When you choose Him, you will never falter. Exodus 13:21 says that when God led the Israelites out of Egypt into the wilderness, “By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night”.
“He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). So, let us approach the throne with boldness because in our time of trouble, God will rescue us.
Our problem is that we think there are things that would take longer for God to resolve though things like finding you a parking spot, seem easier and yet in Jeremiah 32:27 the Lord says, "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”
Surely, nothing is too hard for the Lord, the so-called difficult situation in your life can be resolved in an instant.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ (2004). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House Publishers. he Holy Bible, Berean Study Bible, BSB Copyright ©2016, 2018 by Bible Hub Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
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