A proverbial fork in the road is presented in Proverbs 19:15, which warns “Laziness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle man will suffer hunger.” The metaphor “a fork in the road” is a moment of decision. The book of Proverbs is brimming with forks in the road: to choose one direction results in things going well, but to choose the other direction has negative results. God loves us so much He has given us the Bible as a blueprint for how to live our lives well. “Read these Directions Carefully” should be printed on every Bible!
The fork in the road presented in Proverbs 19 is either go down the Lazy River or get on the Productive Blvd. Lazy River has no restaurants or any other place to get a meal, whereas Productive Blvd. has lots of places to eat and the best honey ever (Proverbs 24:13). Lazy River has a good view of the Sloth, while Productive Blvd. has an exhibit where you can see ants busy at work and gazelles running free (Proverbs 6:5-6). Visitors to Lazy River often miss the boat since they procrastinated about buying a ticket, and then realized they had no money anyway!
The Bible presents the biggest fork in the road of all when folks must decide between receiving Jesus as their personal Savior or shutting Him out of their lives. While laziness has negative consequences in this life, rejecting Jesus is the ultimate wrong turn. Refusing the hand of Jesus, pierced for one’s sins, is profound and tragic, worse than terrible for that person. Every believer has a commission to stand at the crossroads and lovingly point the lost person down the road to Christ.

by David Marshall

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