June 21, 2014


Isn’t that what we all want . . . the good way to parent our children?  The good way to relate in our marriages and families, with our friends and co-workers?  But where is it?  This illusive thing called ‘the good way?’  And what does it look like?  That’s another question!  How will we recognize it?  And who else is doing it?

The above command comes from a passage in Jeremiah 6:16:  “Thus says the Lord, Stand in the ways, and see, and ask for the ancient paths where the good way is, and walk in it, and you shall find rest for your souls. . . .”

The Lord is speaking through the prophet, Jeremiah, to the people of Judah, begging them to turn from their sins, stand and compare the various ways before them, and to ask for the ancient paths where the good way is.  With this command to open their eyes and look comes a promise that in choosing the ancient path where the good way is, they would find rest for their souls – their thoughts, emotions, and will.

As we watch the evening news, night after night, and see the state of America and the rest of the world, we fluctuate between anger and fear, outrage and despondency!  Our good way has been hidden from us . . . we no longer know where it is or what it looks like.  And we desperately need rest for our souls, our confused and conflicted thoughts, our fearful and anxious emotions, our paralyzed will!  We need help!  And that’s right where our God wants us . . . having come to the end of ourselves, willing and eager to turn to Him asking for these ancient paths!  After all, He promises that if we ask, it shall be given to us; if we seek, we shall find; and if we knock, the door shall be opened to us.  So, Lord, we’re asking . . . Show us the ancient paths where the good way is, and in the asking, we purpose to walk in this good way when You show it to us, and we thank You for the promise that we shall find rest for our souls.

The remainder of the above Scripture in Jeremiah says, “But they said, We will not walk therein.”

How unutterably sad to have the good way pointed out to us with such a sweet and wonderful promise of rest from our worries and concerns,  and, yet, refusing to walk in it.

We’re going to explore the ‘good way’ in the next few posts and find out how to apply it to the time in which we live . . . for we truly need soul-rest!


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