Where Are You Going?

by David J. Riggs


And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD" (Joshua 24:15).

In the children's fantasy Alice In Wonderland, Alice came to a junction in the road which led in different directions and asked the Cheshire Cat for advice. Alice said, "Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?" The cat said, "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." "I don't much care where," said Alice. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.

That cat had it right! If we don't know where we want to go, any fork in the road will do. Making the wrong choice in a children's story may only lead to adventure, but in real life, it can lead to disaster. Moses said to the children of Israel, "I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live" (Deuteronomy 30:19).

For Further Study

Verses to Consider

  • Ezra 7:10
  • Proverbs 12:15
  • Proverbs 15:22
  • Proverbs 22:3
  • Proverbs 24:10
  • Isaiah 32:8
  • Ezekiel 14:23
  • Daniel 1:8-13
  • Luke 11:34-36
  • Luke 14:28-30
  • II Corinthians 10:17-18
  • II Corinthians 13:5
  • Galatians 6:4
  • Ephesians 5:15-17
  • Philippians 3:13-14
  • Philippians 4:9
  • Hebrews 3:14
  • Hebrews 11:13-16
  • James 1:21-25

Questions to Ponder

  1. What can having a goal prevent?
  2. When should goals be set?
  3. Can a goal help if it is not followed?
  4. Can you set a goal if you don’t know where you are?
  5. How should goals be made?
  6. Should goals be changed? Why?
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