The poem by Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken, has always been one of my favorites. As somewhat of a loner and one who has always marched to her own drummer, the last lines of the poem resonate deep within me.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
The road in Frost’s poem reminds me of another road, the one spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14.
13. Enter ye in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14. Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life and few there be that find it.
The wide road is well-traveled. It’s loud. It’s where the crowds gather and the wolves roam. It’s where the pack mentality grows with great momentum and rioting and violence find welcome. The wide road is where pandemonium reigns and mockery of all things holy and righteous are spotlighted on the stage. At the end of the wide road is the wide gate and all travelers plummet through that gate into the depths of hell.
The narrow road is quiet. Few travelers find a foothold on the narrow road. It is often a dark and lonely walk, but at the end of the narrow road is peace, joy and abundance in our heavenly home.
When Moses led the Hebrews out of Egypt, God spoke to him to deliver a message to the people. The message clearly defined what would bring blessings and what would bring curses upon them.
First we find the blessings in Deuteronomy 28:1-7:
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
And secondly, we find the curses in Deuteronomy 28:15-20:
15. But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statues which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
16. Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
17. Cursed shall be thy baskets and thy store.
18. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.
19. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
20. The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.
For so many years, America has enjoyed the blessings from God Almighty, but I fear that judgment is coming upon this nation that has forsaken its Savior.
While the message delivered to the Hebrew people there in the wilderness applied to them as a nation, it also applied to each individual.
Everyone has a choice and choices have consequences.
What about you, my friend? What road have you chosen?
May the Lord bless you and keep you. If we don’t meet again here, I hope to meet you over there!