July 3–Rested? OR Weakened and Warped?

This is what the LORD says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.

But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.'”

Jeremiah 6:16

So, there we are facing another life-decision, wondering what to do…which way to go.

The LORD tells us to STAND and LOOK—to recognize—that we are at a decision point in our lives. We are to be stable and alert—not pushed around nor blind-sided—when assessing our circumstances and the decisions we need to make.

Maybe for you those decision-demanding-crossroads are about a major life change—a relationship, a move, a job, a total career change, a change in your physical or mental health.

We also need to recognize that we are standing at decision-demanding-crossroads everytime we choose to think, speak or act. Yep, everytime—whether in our daily-day lives and relationships OR in the more obvious crossroads during a major life change.

No matter what decision-demanding-crossroads we are at, the LORD tells us to ASK for the ancient paths, ASK where the GOOD way is. In other words: ASK the LORD—who is the Ancient of Days, the Eternal One—what His righteous, GOOD direction would be for us.

Then the LORD tells us (because apparently the LORD knows He needs to be that specific with us!) to WALK in that GOOD wayto WALK in His way.

The LORD loves us powerfully and passionately and wants the very best for us. God knows that His GOOD way is the very best for us. And our LORD promises that we will find rest for our souls—peace, restoration, security, strength, joy—when we do WALK in His GOOD way.

Oh! It would be so fabulous IF that was where this Scripture verse ended. You know—we stood, we looked, we asked God, we obeyed God and we received the LORD’s strong and loving rest for our souls.

But, sadly, that’s not the end of it. Instead, our tendency towards stubbornness and rebellion against our LORD’s Holy, Loving Authority is revealed. Way too often, we—in our thoughts, words and actions—stomp our feet, shake our fists and turn our faces away from where the LORD wants to lead us. We make it clear—one way or another—that when it comes to the LORD’s way, “We will NOT walk in it!”

Living our life really is ALL about CHOICE! And it is ALL about trusting God’s Word and God’s Love for us as we make those choices.

Choosing the LORD’s good way gives rest to our souls. Anything else weakens and warps us.

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane