Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Crossroads are so commonplace that poets, singers, and writers talk about them in their works. F. Scott Peck writes about crossroads in his best-selling book, The Road Less Traveled. Robert Frost described two roads in his poem The Road Not Traveled.
Crossroads, paths, roads, similar synonyms and concepts are in the Bible more than 900 times. That should let us know that God is concerned about our crossroads.
Everyone comes to crossroads throughout their lives. That means they have to decide which way to turn. Isaiah 30:18-20 tells us exactly what to do when we come to crossroads.
In my theology class in seminary years ago, the professor asked each student, "Who is your favorite theologian?" Participants had no problem identifying Carl Barth, Paul Tillich, Martin Luter, John Calvin, John Wesley, Augustine, Jerome, and Tertullian as their favorites.
When it was my turn to say who my favorite theologian was, my answer shocked the class. The professor could not believe what he was hearing. So, he said, "Repeat that please!" I boldly said the same thing as I had said before. I said, "My favorite theologian is Margaret Minnicks." The professor asked me to explain my answer.
Without a tremor in my voice, I said:
"The Greek word for "theo" means "God." Theology is the study of God. Do I have an opinion about God? Yes, I do! Is God personal to me as he was to Barth and the other named theologians? Yes, He is. Do I love God? I love God with all my heart, body, mind, and soul. Have I ever met God at my crossroads? Yes, I have. Therefore, I am my own favorite theologian."
After my explanation, the professor and my classmates understood, and they couldn't argue with that.
A crossroad is an intersection between two or more roads. It is a road that crosses a main road. Hence, the word "crossroad." A crossroad is simply the choice of either turning left, or turning right because you have to go one way or the other. We must stop at crossroads before deciding which way to go.
For many people, crossroads are more than a place. It is a major turning point in their lives. It is a junction at which a crucial decision must be made. It is also the time to stop and find directions before moving along.
All theologians know that crossroads lead to a real living God through their relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ. Theologians know that God just doesn't offer the gift of eternal life in the hereafter, but He is the God who wants an intimate relationship with Him while they are here on earth.
Between Two Opinions
Crossroads are evident when you can't readily decide between two ways of doing something, especially when they both seem right.
- Which person are you going to choose to marry when both people have similar characteristics?
- Which job are you going to choose when both of them have the same salary and benefits? They are both located equal distance from your house.
- Which house are you going to buy when both have exactly what you want and you can afford to purchase either one?
- Which car?
- Which suit?
- Which college to attend?
When you are faced with the above dilemmas and even more, you will need some guidance about which decision to make.
The major prophet Isaiah gave some guidance to the Israelites who were at crossroads.
"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.”
After Moses had led the Israelites out of Egypt, where they have been slaves. They crossed the Red Sea and were in the wilderness where they became disobedient. They became a rebellious people and added sin upon sin. They rejected God and went after other gods. To top it all, they wanted to go back to Egypt where Pharaoh had enslaved them for 430 years. The Israelites refused to meet God at their crossroads.
Biblical People at Their Crossroads
- Paul was on his way to persecute the Christians. However, he met God on his Damascus crossroads. Instead of persecuting the Christians, he spent the rest of his life teaching and preaching about Jesus. He wrote 13 books of the New Testament.
- Jacob was changed after he met God at his crossroads and wrestled with Him all night.
- Mary Magdalene met Jesus at her crossroads when He delivered her of seven demons. She was so grateful that she followed Him and supported His ministry.
- Even Jesus came to His crossroads when His ministry was over and it was time for Him to return to His Father in heaven. He met God in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed for the cup to be taken away from Him. He was able to suffer on the cross because He accepted God's will.
There are many other biblical people who were changed after they met God at their crossroads.
When You Meet God at Your Crossroads
What should you expect to happen when you meet God at your own crossroads? The main thing you should know is that once you meet God at your crossroads, you will be changed just as the above-mentioned biblical people were changed.
Read Isaiah 30:19-26 to find out all the good things that will happen when you meet God at your crossroads. After you meet God at your crossroads, expect to see many changes in your life. You will weep no more. God will hear your prayers, and you will be able to hear from Him. He will direct your life and guide you. There will be a great transformation. You will no longer find pleasure in idols and grave images. You will be able to throw them away forever. God will provide "water flowing from the highest mountain and from the highest hill." Even when the world is falling apart all around you, it will have no effect on you.
When you meet God at our crossroads, light will shine through dark places and you will see the bright side of every situation. When you meet God at your crossroads, He will bind up the injuries you suffered in the past before you met Him.
I am my favorite theologian because I met God at my crossroads over 60 years ago. A divine exchange took place. Like the Samaritan woman at the well, I left my container, and I became the container filled with living water. Now my cup runneth over. I heard a voice saying, "This is the way, walk in it.'
When you meet God at your crossroads, you will never be the same. You will leave something behind. Remember, Paul left his sight behind, Jacob left a piece of his hip behind, Mary Magdalene left her demons behind, and the Samaritan women left her waterpot behind.
When you come to your crossroads, go the way of God and not the way of the world. Take the road with joy, peace, mercy, love, and grace. Take the road that Jesus took, the one approved by His Father. Let us do likewise.
"And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, "This is the way, walk in it."