Look for the Good Way

  • June 19, 2018
Tuesday 19

Jeremiah 6:16-17

If you’re a hiker, you know how important it is to stick to the marked trails in unfamiliar territory. To venture off on your own could lead to disaster if you get lost and can’t find your way back to safety.

This is similar to what happened to the nation of Judah. They veered from the Lord to make their own way by adopting foreign gods. As a result, God told the prophet Jeremiah to point them back to Him. Sadly, they refused to listen and continued in the wrong direction.

But we don’t have to follow in their footsteps. The Lord will lead us onto His path if we’ll heed these commands from Jeremiah 6:16 (NIV):

“Stand at the crossroads and look.” God sometimes uses trouble to open our eyes and let us see we’re at an intersection. This is the time to stop and immerse ourselves in God’s Word so we can discern His way.

“Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is.” Saints from the past have left footprints for us to follow. After meditating on psalms or prayers offered by people in the Bible, we should ponder how their petitions reveal trust in God. It’s also helpful to notice what happened next in the scriptural accounts.

“Walk in it, and ... find rest for your souls.” With eyes firmly fixed on Jesus and with full reliance on the Holy Spirit’s strength, we can walk the road of obedience and follow Christ to sweet, soul-satisfying rest.

If you’re uncertain regarding God’s will, avoid the tendency to run faster. Pause, follow Jeremiah’s instructions, and trust the Lord to show you the good way. Then start walking.

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16 Thus says the LORD, Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, `We will not walk in it. '

17 And I set watchmen over you, saying, `Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, `We will not listen.'

1 O God, we have heard with our ears, Our fathers have told us The work that You did in their days, In the days of old.

2 You with Your own hand drove out the nations; Then You planted them; You afflicted the peoples, Then You spread them abroad.

3 For by their own sword they did not possess the land, And their own arm did not save them, But Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your presence, For You favored them.

4 You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob.

5 Through You we will push back our adversaries; Through Your name we will trample down those who rise up against us.

6 For I will not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me.

7 But You have saved us from our adversaries, And You have put to shame those who hate us.

8 In God we have boasted all day long, And we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah.

9 Yet You have rejected us and brought us to dishonor, And do not go out with our armies.

10 You cause us to turn back from the adversary; And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.

11 You give us as sheep to be eaten And have scattered us among the nations.

12 You sell Your people cheaply, And have not profited by their sale.

13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and a derision to those around us.

14 You make us a byword among the nations, A laughingstock among the peoples.

15 All day long my dishonor is before me And my humiliation has overwhelmed me,

16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the presence of the enemy and the avenger.

17 All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You, And we have not dealt falsely with Your covenant.

18 Our heart has not turned back, And our steps have not deviated from Your way,

19 Yet You have crushed us in a place of jackals And covered us with the shadow of death.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God Or extended our hands to a strange god,

21 Would not God find this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart.

22 But for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23 Arouse Yourself, why do You sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not reject us forever.

24 Why do You hide Your face And forget our affliction and our oppression?

25 For our soul has sunk down into the dust; Our body cleaves to the earth.

26 Rise up, be our help, And redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness.

1 My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2 You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever.

3 Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One, In Your splendor and Your majesty!

4 And in Your majesty ride on victoriously, For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.

5 Your arrows are sharp; The peoples fall under You; Your arrows are in the heart of the King's enemies.

6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

7 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows.

8 All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.

9 Kings' daughters are among Your noble ladies; At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

10 Listen, O daughter, give attention and incline your ear: Forget your people and your father's house;

11 Then the King will desire your beauty. Because He is your Lord, bow down to Him.

12 The daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; The rich among the people will seek your favor.

13 The King's daughter is all glorious within; Her clothing is interwoven with gold.

14 She will be led to the King in embroidered work; The virgins, her companions who follow her, Will be brought to You.

15 They will be led forth with gladness and rejoicing; They will enter into the King's palace.

16 In place of your fathers will be your sons; You shall make them princes in all the earth.

17 I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the peoples will give You thanks forever and ever.

1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;

3 Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High.

5 God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

6 The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, the earth melted.

7 The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has wrought desolations in the earth.

9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire.

10 Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

1 O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy.

2 For the LORD Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth.

3 He subdues peoples under us And nations under our feet.

4 He chooses our inheritance for us, The glory of Jacob whom He loves. Selah.

5 God has ascended with a shout, The LORD, with the sound of a trumpet.

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7 For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm.

8 God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne.

9 The princes of the people have assembled themselves as the people of the God of Abraham, For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is highly exalted.

1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, In the city of our God, His holy mountain.

2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth, Is Mount Zion in the far north, The city of the great King.

3 God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold.

4 For, lo, the kings assembled themselves, They passed by together.

5 They saw it, then they were amazed; They were terrified, they fled in alarm.

6 Panic seized them there, Anguish, as of a woman in childbirth.

7 With the east wind You break the ships of Tarshish.

8 As we have heard, so have we seen In the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God; God will establish her forever. Selah.

9 We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God, In the midst of Your temple.

10 As is Your name, O God, So is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness.

11 Let Mount Zion be glad, Let the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her towers;

13 Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation.

14 For such is God, Our God forever and ever; He will guide us until death.

1 Hear this, all peoples; Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,

2 Both low and high, Rich and poor together.

3 My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.

4 I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will express my riddle on the harp.

5 Why should I fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me,

6 Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?

7 No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him--

8 For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever--

9 That he should live on eternally, That he should not undergo decay.

10 For he sees that even wise men die; The stupid and the senseless alike perish And leave their wealth to others.

11 Their inner thought is that their houses are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; They have called their lands after their own names.

12 But man in his pomp will not endure; He is like the beasts that perish.

13 This is the way of those who are foolish, And of those after them who approve their words. Selah.

14 As sheep they are appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; And the upright shall rule over them in the morning, And their form shall be for Sheol to consume So that they have no habitation.

15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, For He will receive me. Selah.

16 Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased;

17 For when he dies he will carry nothing away; His glory will not descend after him.

18 Though while he lives he congratulates himself-- And though men praise you when you do well for yourself--

19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; They will never see the light.

20 Man in his pomp, yet without understanding, Is like the beasts that perish.

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