A Fork in the Road

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If you do the right thing, won’t you be accepted? But if you don’t do the right thing, sin will be waiting at the door ready to strike! It will entice you, but you must rule over it.” (Genesis 4:7, Common English Bible)

Baseball great Yogi Berra, famous for his quotes that make you scratch your head in wonder, once said, “If you find a fork in the road, take it.” Many of us find humor in “Yogi-isms” even if they don’t seem to make a great deal of sense.

In truth, when we do come to a fork in the road, if we are going to get anywhere and we are going to continue to move forward, we can’t just take the fork in the road, we have to make a decision on which branch of the fork we will take. It could be that the branches get us to the same place regardless of which we choose, but I think more often than not, we can end up in very different places. It also might be that taking one branch of the fork could bring us difficulty, toil and trouble while the other fork brings us to a destination with far less difficulty. And, that difficult branch may just be the way we should go to reach our desired destination.

We can have forks in the spiritual road of life too. The same rules can apply. We can choose to go one way that leads us away from God and the things of God. Yet if we choose the other, we can find ourselves basking in the glow of God’s presence.

Our Bible verse for today comes from one of the oldest stories of Scripture, the story of Cain and Able. Both brothers had just presented their gifts to God. God was pleased with Able’s gift but wasn’t so thrilled with Cain’s sacrifice. Cain was angry and resentful. The verse is God speaking to Cain. God, in essence, presents Cain with a fork in the road. If Cain chooses the right way, he and his gift would be accepted. He chooses the wrong branch of the fork, not only will his gift not be acceptable, sin will be sitting there waiting.

Most all of us know Cain selected the wrong path. Instead of going back and making an acceptable sacrifice, Cain decided to murder his brother. He definitely found the sin that was waiting down the wrong path.

We are definitely not immune to selecting the wrong path. We are faced with decisions of right and wrong every day. We can decide to follow the path God wants us to take or we can go our own way. It may even be that sometimes following God’s path is to follow the difficult side of the fork. But, when we select God’s way, the one thing we can always take comfort in is this, God is down the correct branch of the fork. Whether it be easy or whether it be difficult, we are acceptable to God and God will see us through.

Have a great day in the Lord.

Grace and Peace,

Keith

Copyright 2016, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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Welcome to my study. I am an ordained United Methodist pastor currently serving in Sweeny, Texas. I am also a husband to Cindy, a father to Wayne and Christopher and a grandfather to three grandsons, Kaleb, Noah and Jaxon (the children of Wayne and his wife Nikki) and two granddaughters, Jenna and Natalie (the children of Christopher and his wife Morgan). I enjoy my family, writing, playing the guitar, tying knots in paracord, wood carving and spending time with my little dog "Bishop.

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