Critical Crossroads ~ Jeremiah 6:16

Today’s apple slice comes from Jeremiah 6:16 in the ESV version.

Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Have you ever had to make a decision in your life? I’m not talking about whether to go to Chili’s or Olive Garden for dinner. I’m talking about decision that you will live with for the rest of your life. The decisions I am referring to will often keep you up at night wondering what if… Chances are that if you’ve lived very long at all then you have indeed made one of those life-altering decisions. If you haven’t don’t worry about what you’re missing out because I assure you that will be faced with one of these decisions before you know it. 

All we need to do is ask God for wisdom, but often we don’t. We rely on our own understand and our own strength. Why do we do this? Oh, because we’re on top of things or we’ve got it all under control or we don’t need help from anybody. How mistaken we are when we fall into that mindset! We desperately need God to help us maneuver through life. Yet we have the audacity to tell Him (in so many words), “We will not walk in your path.” We will find rest if we choose to walk with Him. He will help us make decisions if we are faithfully walking with Him. With Him, even the hardest choices will be faced with a clear-minded head.

Luckily, God knew before we were born every decision that we will ever face. We won’t face easy decisions, but He will help us make the right ones if we ask Him. We all will come to critical crossroads. We must ask where the good way is. If we act based on only the current situation or what we think is the right answer, we likely will end up with regrets. It’s important to as other Christians such as friends, mentors, pastors, and parents. These individuals likely have a lot of life experience that might help us make the best decision possible. When all else fails, trust God that He will bring everything together.


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