Everyone has faced a situation where there is more than one path to choose. That’s a personal crossroad moment. In scripture, God inspired the writers to illustrate crossroad moments in many lives so that we could see where they went right and where they went wrong. Today, David is our example.
David had many crossroad moments in his life. The first significant one mentioned is when he went to deliver provisions to his brothers, who were confronting the Philistine Goliath. Did you ever think what might have happened had David chosen not to approach Saul about fighting the enemy of his people and his God? Another time, David’s humanity clicked in when he cut the piece off Saul’s robe while hiding from him. Scripture shows him repenting of this act because even though Saul was not acting right in pursuing David, Saul was still God’s anointed and deserved respectful treatment because of that.
Everyone knows about the story of David and Bathsheba. Have you ever thought about what would have happened if David got off the rooftop while Bathsheba was bathing and focused his mind on something pure and wholesome? Uriah would be alive, Bathsheba would still be married to him, and David would not have had sin separate him from God. Did you notice how adultery led to murder? As a Christian Counselor, I can share that adultery can literally kill a marriage.
David’s true crossroads challenge came when confronted with his terrible sins of murder and adultery. He could have chosen to throw God’s prophet out and have him killed for saying what he did. Instead, he chose to see the horror of what he did, that it was not only acts of murder and adultery but that it hurt his relationship with God. Yes, there were unfortunate consequences to pay in the loss of a child, but David’s relationship with God was restored.
No matter what wrong choices you may have made, your relationship with God can be restored, too. He loves you and waits for you to return to Him so that you can be with Him now and for eternity. If you know you’ve done something to interfere with the most precious relationship you have now and will have for eternity, please, please go to God, ask for and receive His forgiveness and move on from there. Now, some of you have overactive consciences, and I pray you ask God to help you know the difference between what you think you’ve done wrong and what truly is evil in His sight. This has been your crossroad moment. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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