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At the CROSSroads

Jeremiah 6:16

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

AT THE CROSSROADS – We are at a CROSSroads.  A CROSSroads is a place where we make life decisions big and small. Daily, we make decisions about which paths to take in our marriages, friendships, workplaces, communities and families.  In this passage from Jeremiah, God promises that we will find rest for our souls. Yet, we can easily feel tired and dry in our daily lives. It can leave us asking “Have we missed it?” Let’s take a look at this passage to see what God has to say to us about being at a Crossroads.

STAND & LOOK- The first direction God gives us in this verse is to stand and look. This means that we need to stop moving and wait. We are being advised to look at all the paths intentionally; analyzing our options and where they lead. This is often hard to do! We are busy. Life moves quick. Sometimes we don’t realize we are on autopilot. Or we think we know what those options are anyway. It is important to take time to look at the options offered to us, even the ones we make on a daily basis. That is why God gives us this first direction to stop and look.

ASK – The second direction God gives us in this passage is to ask.  “Ask for the ancient path”, he says, “where the good way is”. One of the names for God in the Bible is “Ancient of Days.” (see Daniel 7) What God is directing us to do here is to ask for HIS path. So often we take another path thinking it is good. While many paths may look good, not every path is God’s path. No matter how it may look at first, God’s path is truly good!  God gives us direction when we ask. Has has promised to do so saying: “ask and you shall receive” (Matthew 7:7) using His Word, circumstances, his people, and the Holy Spirit to direct us.

WALK –   The third direction God gives us is to walk on the path God has shown us. We often hesitate to walk on this path. Perhaps because we want to see where exactly the path will take us. Or we don’t want to leave another path behind. This is especially difficult when we are walking from a persistent sin. It can also be incredibly tough when taking a step into a new area that will result in a big change in our lives.While we may not have those answers to every question we have, God asks us to walk on the path he directs trusting his love and guidance.

REST FOR OUR SOULS –  It is on God’s path we find true rest for our souls. We often seek rest by choosing our path, but in reality it is God’s path that brings the rest we so desperately seek. This does not mean that God’s path is free from trouble. Nor does is it easy. But God has promised to give us this rest we so desperately seek as we follow him.

BUT YOU HAVE SAID “WE WILL NOT WALK IN IT.” – At times I want to end there and not go on to this last line. I cannot, however, because it holds the truth and the best rest yet. Brothers and sisters in Christ, we have not walked the path God laid out for us. And we are not alone. Israel did not walk in God’s path when Jeremiah was speaking to them about worshipping idols instead of the one true God.  Adam and Eve did not follow God’s path choosing the fruit and death rather than trusting God’s boundary and life. Consequently, the most natural path for us to take is not God’s, but our own. At times we do not stop and look. Sometimes we do not ask. And other times we do not walk in the way God has guided. And this path does not lead to rest for our souls, but death for our souls. Do not fear, brothers and sisters in Christ, the answer to this dilemma is not found by trying to stop, look, ask or walk better. The answer must first be found at the CROSSroads.

God is at work at the CROSSroads. When forging ahead on auto-pilot, the Holy Spirit urges us to STOP at the cross and LOOK to see that Christ is already there. Jesus lived, died on the cross, and rose from the dead so that you could be freed from the burden of these sins. Jesus says it himself “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) When we forget or refuse to ask the Lord for help,  he invites us to ASK Jesus to forgive our sins.  And when we have gone astray, we are invited to WALK with Christ, and trusting afresh and anew that the Holy Spirit will guide every step of the way. On our own, we cannot walk on God’s path. But with God, all things are possible! (Luke 1:37) And this is most certainly the rest our souls need the most!

Your Fellow Traveler,

Pastor Sarah


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