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 (NIV)
Read: Jeremiah 6:10-19
Consider: Did you make any New Year resolutions this year? Do you think you will manage to keep them, or going on past experience will they be quickly forgotten? You may start the new year full of good intentions, yet within a few days you may either have forgotten what you said you would do, or have found it too difficult to keep.
It has been many years since I made any New Year’s resolutions. This is not because there aren’t things I need to change, but purely that within a few days of the new year I’ve forgotten what I wanted to do. Personally I don’t think that New Years’s resolutions bring about permanent change in a person’s life.
When I read the verses quoted above from Jeremiah, I couldn’t help thinking of standing at the crossroads of a new year and the choices we all make as we move forward in life. I find it thrilling that Jeremiah tells us God’s words when he says: ‘… ask where the good way is, and walk in it’. Equally thrilling are the words ‘… you will find rest for your souls’ (Jeremiah 6:16).
However, the verse in Jeremiah doesn’t end there. It goes on to say that despite being at a crossroads and asking God for direction in life, there are those who will say: ‘We will not walk in it’.
I would encourage you to take time to ask God for clear direction in your life, but having received it don’t treat it like a New Year’s resolution and forget it. It’s your choice to follow God’s plan for your life, but remember that you will not be alone in keeping it. You can do it in God’s strength through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Pray: Father, we lay our future before you, asking for your guidance through the challenges of life. May we respond in obedience to your leading. Amen
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