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…”
(Jeremiah 6:16 NIV)
We have a choice to make every day. It’s not a one and done. It’s not something to take lightly and frankly, it’s something I know I take for granted.
In this verse, God says to STAND and LOOK.
When we wake up, we must stand up and look around us before we go about our day. I’m so guilty of waking up mindlessly some days and just starting my day without acknowledging that he has blessed me with life!
He then says ASK for the ancient paths and where the GOOD WAY is. Wisdom doesn’t come without experience, or seeking good counsel. A person becomes wise when they don’t think they have the answers to everything and walk in the ways in which they think is the best. They seek advice from those who’ve gone before them and can see what we can’t see in that season or stage of life.
“The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”
Proverbs 12:15 NIV
W A L K I N I T
Walk into the good path. The path of righteousness, love, truth, freedom, joy, patience…
No matter what is going on around us. Life isn’t always easy. Sometimes we must give things up, that to us don’t seem like they’re a hinderance, but are the very things keeping us tied down and not allowing us to to take these actions of walking out our faith. Things like: certain friendships, relationships, habits, bad language, anger, jealousy, etc.
“And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.”
2 Thessalonians 3:13 NIV
Walking in the right and good path is for sure hard, but the reward is so much better than the present. So much better than what the world can ever offer.
Lastly, he says that then we will find rest for our souls. Over the last few weeks at church, the messages have been about finding and entering true rest. This applies to me as much as the next person.
Because I’m a stay at home mom of 3, I forget that I too need to have a soul rest. A sabbath. Just because I don’t clock in and out, doesn’t mean I need to burn out on life and motherhood. I do no one good when my soul is heavy and weary and burdened with making sure the house and everyone in it is ok.
Taking these steps is so essential and crucial to every aspect of my life. I can’t be the wife my husband needs and the mom my girl’s need, if I don’t first, stand, look and ask the Lord to direct my steps for the day.
There are so many ways my feet can wander off to…
and I’d rather them wander off in the path that Jesus walks with me each and every day.
He will not go where we don’t ask him to go.
My day is so much better when I’ve asked the Lord to direct my steps and be with me, than when I think I’ve got it and do it alone.
The soul rest really does happen and I feel free because I know that God’s got my back. We just have to choose to walk in that freedom. So today, I encourage you to:
S T A N D
L O O K
A S K
W A L K I N I T
Because then you will find rest 🧡