When You Come to a Fork in the Road…
Yogi Berra was giving his friend directions to his home when he made the now famously attributed statement, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” It turns out that Yogi really meant what he said! It didn’t matter whether he went right or left, his friend would get to the Berra’s residence. People use the same logic in everyday life but with terribly different results.
God has demonstrated His commitment to Israel through the powerful deliverance from Egypt and provision in the wilderness. As God finishes his instructions to Moses in Exodus 31, which includes the calling of artisans to fashion the tabernacle, He attaches a reminder. “Keep the sabbath…for it is holy unto you.” The people are at a fork in the road. If they stay to the right, then similar privilege and usefulness which Bezaleel and Aholiab had, would be multiplied in the nation of Israel. They would signal to the nations their sincere dependence upon God. However, if they go to the left, then they will “surely be put to death” and “cut off from among his people.” The left and the right do not have the same results.
The teacher recommends to keep these words and “bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart” (Proverbs 7:3). He uses a detailed illustration of being joined to one of two women. It has been suggested that referring to a woman as your sister who is not your sister was a form of intimate endearment. This young man can choose to be familiar with the woman of wisdom or the woman of wiles. It’s clear the right path leads to life, but the left path leads “as an ox goeth to the slaughter.” The left and the right do not have the same results.
Jesus is the door and “if any man enter in, he shall be saved” (John 10:9). The audience has a fork in the road. If they hear and respond to the voice of the Good Shepherd, then they will have satisfaction and security. They will have abundant life. “They will never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:28). Reject Jesus, and you are easy prey for the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The left and the right do not have the same results.
Everyone is sowing seeds of thoughts and actions and reaping a destiny. The laws of the harvest cannot be manipulated. If you live for eternity, then you will reap life everlasting. If you live for the immediate, then you will reap corruption. As you have the opportunity, do good unto all men. The left and the right do not have the same results.
In life, all paths are not created equal. When you come to a fork in the road, choose to honor God supremely. This decision unlocks tremendous opportunities for service, safety, satisfaction, and significance. The path you chose will make all the difference.