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
As I read the book of Jeremiah, I have come to understand his reluctance to follow God’s calling and share His message. God is angry and His wrath is expressed very powerfully. The common theme of Israel’s sin is their turning away from God and seeking their own path. They have rejected God’s sovereignty and placed themselves in His rightful place. Rather than follow God’s ways, they have embraced the false teachings of foreign gods. Yes, God is angry, and rightfully so.
Today history is repeating itself; we haven’t learned. In our modern times we seek human wisdom. I have a friend who grew up with me in the same church. Now a self-declared non-believer, he recently posted on Facebook, “Science and knowledge will save us. Nothing else.” What a succinct and sad testimony about our society today! Human wisdom tells us that the things of God are foolish, and that we who seek to truly follow Him are ignorant and close-minded. But we who seek to walk with God in faith know better.
God, in His perfect wisdom, gave us a very clear roadmap to living a Godly life. It is presented in the Ten Commandments. While humanity tells us they’re outdated, God tells us through Jeremiah to seek the ancient paths and walk in them. My heart breaks when I hear former believers and even those in the modern church reject the ways of God and instead follow the crooked path of human wisdom. God, in his sovereignty, knows what is best for His children.
Notice His promise: “…you will find rest for your souls.” There is a beautiful peace that comes with following the Lord. It’s a peace that enables us to face life’s difficulties knowing that God is in control and His will is good and perfect. Several years ago, I was facing difficulties at work and knew I was about to lose my job. I wasn’t worried even though I felt I should be. A non-believing coworker came into my office and shut the door. “How is it that you are so calm as all this is going on? Aren’t you concerned?” I told him that I believed God had everything under control; I could lose my job but God would ultimately take care of me and my family. With God’s peace, His rest for our souls, we approach life with a sense of peace and calm that only God can give.
When one truly comes to faith in Christ, our perspective and our focus change. We no longer seek the wisdom of this world; we seek God and His wisdom first and foremost. As for me, I am resolved to stand firmly for Christ, no matter what society thinks and no matter what consequences may befall me. Of course, I am incapable of this on my own; I can only do that which God enables me and empowers me to do through the Holy Spirit. I will stumble and I will fall, but I will do my best to surrender to Him and strive to be a person who deals honestly and seeks the truth.
Ponder this: What nuggets of human wisdom have I elevated to God’s rightful place?
My prayer for today: Heavenly Father, thank you for revealing Your wisdom through Your Word. As I seek to follow You, show me the ancient paths, help me to walk in them, and give me the courage and trust to share Your wisdom with those around me. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.