This is what the LORD says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, ‘No, that’s not the road we want!’ Jeremiah 6:16 (NLT)
Stop At The Crossroads
That is a very good time to meet, don’t you think? When is a very good time to meet? When you are at the crossroads; when you aren’t sure which way to proceed; when you are stuck and stopped dead in your tracks. Why is that such a good time to meet? When else have I had your fullest and best attention? When have you listened more carefully to my voice? When have you come to rely on me more fully? When have you cried out and asked for my help with more desperation? You have a good point. Yes, I have a good point. At the crossroads, is a very good time to meet. But I want to make something very clear to you. What’s that? What you learn at the crossroads, I want you to take what you have learned into your daily, everyday life. I am not sure what you mean. I don’t want to meet with you occasionally when you come to a crossroads. I don’t want you to listen attentively to me, here and there and now and then. I don’t want you to rely on my help, as needed. What do you want from me? I want you to live in an intimate relationship with me every day of your life. I want you to receive my instructions. I want you to follow my guidance. I want you to depend on me. I want you to rely on me as we walk through life together. Do you understand? Do you want what I want? Do you want to walk through life with me? Do you want to follow me to where I lead you? Do you want to go and do what I ask of you? Do you want to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to me? Do you want to live a godly life that I can and will bless? Lord, I want everything that you want. I will live this life that you are calling me to live. I want to follow and serve you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. You have filled me with desire to live in an intimate relationship with you. Guide me, I’m following. Counsel me, I’m listening. Help me, I am relying on you. That is very good.
Lord, I will stop and listen. I will look around and ask questions. All of this with the sole purpose of hearing from you. I want to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. I want to walk through life on the good and godly path with you leading me. Amen
Key Question… When do you take time to stop, listen, look, and ask questions about the way God wants to direct you?
Living It Out… Stop, listen, look around, and ask questions about the way God wants you to walk through life with Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will help you to walk in a godly way that is pleasing to Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are taking time to listen attentively to the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you stop and listen to the Lord so He can guide you on a godly path that is pleasing to Him.
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