This song was written at Revivim, HaNegev, Israel in 1979 for a young man to whom the Lord had sent us to speak His Word of Instruction. Paul Cohen was confronted with a crucial decision, which had immediate and major implications for him. He took the right road, only to encounter many similar crossroads since, even as the song prophesied.
At times while travellin’ you will come to some crossroads.
They’ll come in sight just when you least expect them.
And then you’ll have to decide
To walk the path of truth or run and hide
And if you choose the right path, you’ll travel further on…
Till crossroads come into your sight again.
How can you tell to choose the right path from the wrong?
Do signposts fill you in so you can easily tell?
Everything appears to be so good
And you may think it’s easily understood,
But listen to the Voice inside Whose motive is for good
And recognize the peace that’s in your soul.
Some paths we take that we can never change again.
They may be easy first but harder in the end.
Don’t ever take the road that looks so smooth;
It’s smooth from crowds who’ve passed by foolishly;
The rarely traveled road with rocks and holes for travelling guests
Is the road that leads you to the truth of life.
So if you want it easier for now
Then take the road that pleases you the most,
But if it’s peace instead of shame you want to meet at last,
Then ponder all these things before you choose.
Revivim, Israel; September 1979
At a time of discouragement I received these words from the Lord in song and at this very moment as I write this introduction years later in 1996 ( the song was written in 1987), I feel down after having spoken to people who do not believe what I say or that the Lord has sent me to them. Yet I have nowhere but onward to go and am persuaded that these words hold true and someday will be fulfilled.
Music on The Path of Truth
"The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." At the time I wrote this, I sincerely thought and desired that I would give anything and everything. I haven't changed on that except that the Lord has given me more since then and the more I have, the less possible it seems that I can give all. I now have a son and am much more appreciative of what it cost God to give His Son. We have these sincere thoughts as did Peter on the last night but to perform is terribly difficult and even impossible, I say. Only by the grace of God can we give Him everything and it is not without pain if we have that which is valuable to us to give. But being a jealous God, we must surrender all to Him and He is faithful, patiently and mercifully enabling us to do His will.