I had a teacher in high school that loved poetry. So, part of what he did for (perhaps to) us was that he made us memorize poems. Some of this memorization was standard class stuff. Others were for extra credit or to replace a bad grade.
Fail a test? Memorize a poem.
Need more points? Memorize a poem.
In his class, sometimes it seems like the answer to almost every question was memorize a poem.
And believe it or not, I’m thankful. Almost 20 years later I can remember bits and pieces of almost every poem that he had us memorize, and I’ve found as a preacher, that can come in handy a lot of days!
When I read the passage that I read this morning from Proverbs 3, I always think of the poem by Robert Frost – The Road Not Taken. You know it, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both.” In life, there are always choices, there are at least two road to choose between, sometimes there are even more.
Listen to the two roads before us this morning, as laid out by Proverbs 3: 5-7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Today, you have a choice. Will you choose your own road, or will you choose God’s road?
Will you choose your own wisdom, or will you choose God’s?
Will you choose your own route or will you let God guide you down the steps that you need to be going down?
There are two choices before each of us today. Our way or God’s way. Our wisdom or God’s wisdom. Our leading or God’s leading.
Today, we have a choice. Who’s way will we follow? Who’s wisdom will we trust? Who’s direction will we place our trust in?
If we trust in ours alone, we will fool ourselves into thinking we are heading down the right path. If we trust in God’s, He will direct our steps.
Today, what path are we walking down? Today, who are we trusting?