Written By Nicole Wood
Jeremiah 6:16 (NLT)
'This is what the Lord says: Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls.'
I'll admit, I'm terrible when it comes to directions. I can even get lost while walking around in a shopping mall – if I'm familiar with it. Fortunately for me, modern technology has made it much easier to find a location. One of my favourite apps is Google Maps; it's just so incredibly useful!
Around 2 500 years ago, when the Prophet Jeremiah wrote the Book of Jeremiah, he didn't have the luxury of opening Google Maps on his latest smartphone. He had something much better, though. He knew the One who was familiar with all the roads and not just the physical ones, but the roads of life, including an intimate knowledge of where each road led.
Now, thousands of years later, 'the old, godly way', as Jeremiah calls it, is not necessarily the most popular way or the easiest way. It's not the most convenient or the most scenic route. Yet it is the one that he is asking each of us to search for. Will we take the time, in the midst of our busy lives, to actually stop and ask God for directions; without rushing ahead towards whatever seems like the right path in the moment? God's promise is something that we all long for. In a world where everything wants to steal our peace all the time, God promises rest for our souls.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
'Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.'
If we can trust Google Maps to take us from point A to B, without trying to rely on our own understanding, surely we can trust God to show us which road to take in the journey of our everyday lives. It's so easy to get lost. It's so easy to rush ahead and choose the path that seems best, but God is waiting for us to stop and ask Him, and then be willing to step in obedience in whichever direction He points to. This is a daily journey of asking, listening, and following.
If we can commit to doing this - the greatest promise of rest for our souls awaits us.