We honored our high school graduates yesterday in services at GCN (check out the attachment with those grads listed)! That’s always one of my favorite services! A young band led us in worship and offered up songs to God and to us. Pastor Brian prayed for each grad individually. We broke bread together afterward in the Life Center. It was sweet! Thanks to all those who made a special morning like that possible!
One of the passages I shared comes from Jeremiah 6:16 — “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.'” That verse seems especially appropriate for a high school graduate who’s standing at a significant juncture in his or her life. But in a sense we’re all at a crossroads every day. Every day we choose how we will live and who we will live for. We make decisions, both big and small, that chart the course of our lives. The Word of the Lord through the prophet Jeremiah calls us back to the timeless truths and the timeless ways of God, who has made Himself and His ways known to us. We discover those “ancient paths” in the Scriptures, in prayer, in worship, in the fellowship of His church, and in the living out of the instruction of God for our lives. Look for those “paths” today and walk in them!
The “ancient paths” offer a beautiful, life-giving alternative to the “fast lane” that so many live in. I rarely talk to anyone anymore that is not dealing with a hectic, harried, stressful life. God promises “rest for your soul” on the Way He’s made known to us. I’ve actually left the last line of that 16th verse off. The verse ends with God saying, “But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” In the margin of my Bible at some point I wrote the question, “Why in the world not?” Jeremiah was raised up to issue one final warning to the people of God before Jerusalem’s destruction. They did not heed God’s Word and suffered the consequences. My prayer is that God’s people today don’t make the same mistake. For heaven’s sake — and your own — walk in the Way! Walk in the Way that leads to rest and life and all the good that God wants you to experience. Thank you, God, for making that Way, those “ancient paths,” known.
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