Jeremiah 6:16-20

Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, “We will not walk in it.”  Jeremiah 6:16

When we are overburdened, the world seems a colder place. The sun may be shining, but our heads are bowed low so we don’t notice. The birds sing, but our ears are filled with the cries of our hearts—cries of pain, sorrow, and weariness.

We put distance between others and ourselves as our problems absorb our time and attention. Perhaps we are weighed down by unmet expectations, sudden trauma or death, or simply too much responsibility. Another possibility is that sin is causing our heaviness of heart. Whatever the cause, however, the result is the same: a crushing weight. Only the amount of the weight varies.

Into our bleakness comes the voice of God Almighty inviting us to draw near and find rest in Him. The old prophet Jeremiah spoke for God, telling his listeners to find the good way and walk in it. That’s how we will find rest.

Won’t you look up to your heavenly Father right now? Jesus offers living water. Take time to drink until your soul is strengthened enough for you to ask the way. With the Spirit’s help, take one step, then another, down that path of obedience, and He will give you the promised peace.

Jeremiah 6:16 ends with God pointing out the Israelites’ response: they wouldn’t walk with God. Let us stand and look and ask and walk so that we find the rest the Lord has promised for our souls.

Father, I want to walk in the ancient paths, the good way, Your way. I know that it is there that I will find rest for my soul.


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