Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
If we had to come up with a newspaper headline describing what happened in this passage, it would be “Israel rejects God’s way”. “Old path” refer to the ways of faith and obedience, the ways followed by Moses and the patriarchs. “Walk” indicates lifestyle. Jeremiah encouraged the people of Israel not only to remember the old traditions of faith but also to live them.
Each day and every moment of the day we face new crossroads in our lives. Crossroads is a crucial point where a decision must be made. In essence, it’s a turning point. It’s the everyday decisions in life that we all take. Each day we must decide to choose the good way (God’s way) or the wrong way, and walk in it. When we choose the good way, nothing compares to the inner peace (Philippians 4:7 “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”) that comes from knowing what we have done is right. Only God produces a peace that is far more wonderful than any plan we have to solve our problems.
Many of us probably start the day in the will of God, but before lunchtime we’ve taken a detour and left His will in the dust. The reason is because we’re faced with decisions we thought aren’t big enough to take to God in prayer. What does this say about our attitude towards God? We are human and we’re inadequate. Our resources are not sufficient for the responsibilities in life. Why do we quickly revert to mediocrity and become complacent to God, to purpose and to hope?
In Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”. Paul said “in everything” let your requests be made known to God. Not in the big stuff or when you conveniently feel like. But to know God’s will we should be in constant touch with Him, asking Him for His will concerning all matters.
How refreshing it would be to be an example to other believers and for non-believers. 1 Timothy 4:12-16 “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”
Do you know what keeps us close to Him? Do you know what keeps our eyes on Him? Before you make a decision at the crossroads, the fork in the road, decide whether you want to deliberate with God or rely on your own sufficiency. If you choose to have a discussion with God then you’re seeking His wisdom, discernment and most importantly His will. If you choose to deliberate with yourself then you’re seeking the flesh and worldly desires.
Our attitudes affect our actions.
The moment of refinement – another moment of refinement.
Prayer is more than a quick bowing of the head, but an act of worship and relationship.
Renewing your mind. Honor the Lord in how you do things.
“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.” (James 4:1–2 nkjv)
God gave us a promise of rest – “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls”
The gospel does not preach “peace at any price,” but peace after victory in warfare, rest after patient endurance of tribulation.
Any person seeking rest must choose God’s ways as his or her own. And if we do not? Isaiah reminds us that “‘the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest. … There is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked’” (Isaiah 57:20, 21).
Matthew 11:29-30 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5 nkjv)
Inspired by God, written by KG