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The Lenten Journey 2018: Stand, Look and Walk!

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The Lenten Journey 2018: Stand, Look and Walk!

Stand where the roads cross and look. Ask where the old way is, Where the good way is, and walk on it. If you do, you will find rest for yourselves. But they have said, ‘We will not walk on the good way.’
Jeremiah 6:16 New Century Version (NCV)

         IMG_20180301_065342 Judah and Jerusalem (the Northern and Southern kingdoms) had a history of being in turmoil, because they had deviated so far from God. They had broken the covenant, causing God to redraw his blessings from them.

In this passage however, everything seems calm. There is no apprehension of danger, everything looks safe and secure, yet there is a word from the Lord through His prophet Jeremiah, whose job it was to warn the people that they would be invaded. An army will come against them. There will be desolation throughout the land and it will lay waste, everything and everybody would be destroyed.

Jerusalem is at the crossroads because of all of the wickedness that have brought upon themselves. They have to bear the burden of their behavior. Jeremiah is telling the people to ask where the old way, the way of the law, in order to find out where the good way is, the highway of the upright. He goes on to tell them when they find the good way, they are to walk in it and they will find rest for their souls. Because of their unfaithfulness, their response is a resounding no!
Why is it that we turn from those paths that lead to God, however old they might be? Why do we choose like Jerusalem not to remember where God has brought us from and where He wants to take us on this journey we call life? Jeremiah tells Israel, it is the good way and they should walk in it.

God gives us the same instructions in His Word daily and all we need to do is pay attention. Stand at the crossroads, look for the right road and walk in the Way. If we walk in the good way, we will find a path that allows us enjoy the God of our salvation and to find true rest. While we may bear some pains, all humans must, we still find there is an abundant reward at the end of the journey. Yet the human condition says, “We will not do it!”

Let’s consider these things: 
• Jesus stands at the road waiting to bring into His loving arms
• If we are willing, He will lead and guide all the way
• Trust and obey for there is no other way…………..

Let’s us pray: 

Dear Lord, help us to remember that Your path is the right path and Your walk leads us to Eternal Life and all we have to do is say “yes”! Amen

Carol Croskey
Saint Paul AME Church
Ocala, Florida
The Rev. Patrick J. Sasnett, Pastor

 



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