Jeremiah 6:16 At the Crossroads

2014.10.07 10:39

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Jeremiah 6:16 At the Crossroads

 

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.’


After studying the first five chapters of Jeremiah, the picture is clear.  The people of Israel and Judah became so thoroughly mired in sin and have completely lost all sense of direction.  They were not just disoriented. They were completely in the dark without hope.  Today we can see the world that has gone down the same path of self gratification, sin and ultimately destruction. 


The church stands at a crossroads.  Will we glorify God or be satisfied with entertaining ourselves following the footsteps of the world?  Will we bear witness to the Gospel and the truth of God or will we water down our message to be accepted by the world?

 

Perhaps you are also at a personal crossroads – marriage, relationship, friendship, career, time…  Will you choose God’s way to glorify Him and lay down your pride and selfish desires?  Or will you choose to follow your selfish heart and gratify your sinful desires?

 

God told them to “ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is.”  Psalm 119 clearly tells us that the Word of God is the right pathway to life.  “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” (Ps 119:37)

 

The ancient path or the good way is also Jesus Christ.  When Thomas asked Jesus, “How can we know the way?” Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:5-6)

 

Jesus is the only way to the Father in heaven and to salvation and eternal life.  He is the only way to a blessed life that begins when you accept Him into your heart.  Learn to live according to sound biblical teaching, building on your personal relationship with Jesus.

 

Let’s look down the path that the Israelites took.  They were stubborn and refused to listen and follow God’s Word.  1) No amount of religious work was sufficient (vs 20).  2) God’s judgment was certain. (vs 21-23)  3) Result was anguish (vs 24) and mourning (vs 26). 

 

The path toward Jesus leads to life, but the path toward sin will lead to anguish and mourning.  Turn your stubborn heart toward God and ask for his mercy.  God will surely love you and not condemn you.  God will surely lead you to his Word and give you rest for your soul. 

 

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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.”  (Matt 11:28-29)

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