Jeremiah 616 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)

Not a day goes by that we don’t hear the announcement: “A revolutionary new idea!” “The latest discovery!” “This will change your life!” All kinds of ideas, gadgets, and practices fall into these life-changing, revolutionary categories. The latest diet, the newest technological invention, a breakthrough medical discovery, new methods which promise to help with our relationship woes, and much more all promise to improve our lives.

During the days of the prophet Jeremiah, the city of Jerusalem was in shambles. Violence and destruction were rampant in the city. The priests and prophets were greedy for gain and full of deceit. Things were not good. In the midst of such societal upheaval the Lord spoke into the midst of the chaos and said,

16 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)

The invitation had been issued. The answer to all that ailed the people and the city was offered. “Ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” What was the “ancient path” and the “good way?” The people needed to leave the path they were on and get on the path of obedience and faithfulness to the Lord their God. They needed to confess their sin, confess that they didn’t have the answers, and cry out to God who was, and remains, the Answer. Yet, the people responded, “We will not walk in it.” Tragic!

The problems that were present in Jerusalem in Jeremiah’s day are still with us today. The invitation is still before us, but we, like those before us, continue to choose to do things our way. By the way, how’s that working out? Before a city can ever turn back to the Lord individuals must make that commitment. Let it begin with me Lord.

 

 

52 Weeks 52 Verses: Week 40
Jeremiah 6:16
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