When we moved to Minneapolis for seminary I recall very clearly how much I dreaded driving in the Cities. This was years before we had Google maps and a soothing voice telling you exactly what to do several blocks in advance of doing it, so it was not uncommon for me to be driving along and suddenly be faced with a decision: do I stay going straight, do I take the far right lane, or maybe I should be in the far left lane? And of course all this is occurring in real time at 65 mph with cars zipping by me on all sides! And if you took the wrong “fork in the road” you could end up a long way from your desired destination.
We face much the same today, both personally and nationally. As individuals and as a nation, we have forks in the road of life and living, and the fork we take determines our destination. Jeremiah was a man who was instructing the nation of Israel to look to the “ancient paths” and on Sunday we too will look at Jeremiah’s advice and apply it to our own lives as we navigate the journey of life. As you prepare for worship this week, read Jeremiah 6:15-19 as it will be the context of our message titled “A Fork in the Road.””