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7/8/15 - Finding rest for your soul

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

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.”   Jeremiah 6:16

Everyday, all of us are bombarded with decisions – “crossroads”…some simple and some life impacting.  When faced with decisions, God says to ask…this means to pray.  Isn’t it interesting that He tells you what to pray for…”the ancient paths” and “where the good way is”? 

These are the ways that God interacts with you through His Creation.  For example, Genesis 3:8 says, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day.”  Do you take the time to hear God?  I believe the “ancient paths” are all the ways God has interacted with people throughout history. 


In the Old Testament, God called Abraham to leave his home and his family to go to a place that He would give to Abraham and his descendants.  Abraham moved out in faith based on God’s promises.  Then, God told Abraham that he would have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky.   The “ancient path” for Abraham was to trust God to bring this about.  However, Abraham and Sarah took it upon themselves to try to produce offspring.  They took their own path to try to have children.  They did not wait on the Lord to do a miraculous thing by having Sarah give birth at the age of 90.  This didn’t seem possible, and that’s what makes God’s ancient path prevalent for today.  As Christians, we need to wait on the Lord.

God desires a relationship with you…that is the “ancient paths”.  But, it has to be on His terms, because He deals with the spiritual and supernatural.  Anything else and we can take credit for it.  The “ancient paths” always result in recognizing that God, and God alone, works in people’s lives to bring about His will.   All decisions involve choosing to live your life either on your own without God and others, OR, choosing to trust God in establishing and maintaining relationships with Him and others. 

When we put God and others first in our lives, we will find rest for our souls.  That’s God’s creative purpose for your life.  The life God has planned for you on this earth is one of purpose, peace, and rest.  I am sure many of you are thinking that this is the exact opposite of how you feel in trying to get through just one day on this earth.  Therefore, you need to seek the “ancient paths” of faith and trust in the invisible God.  You need to seek establishing and maintaining relationships with others to make your life complete.

The remainder of Jeremiah 6:16 reads: “But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” Don’t make this your choice.  You stand at the crossroads on every decision you make.  Choose to become actively involved in knowing God and serving others.  This is the real and true abundant life.  This is a life with purpose.  It is a life that can find rest for your soul amidst the chaos of this world. 

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