June with Jeremiah, Rest

stop at the crossroads

I can’t believe June is already over and it’s time to wrap up June with Jeremiah. I hope you enjoyed reading this series as much as I enjoyed writing it! Let’s wrap up our time in the book of Jeremiah talking about rest.

Most of us are so tired and we just need to get some rest. God promises that rest to us if we seek Him.  Rest isn’t found in a pill, or a special diet or exercise regime.

Jeremiah 6:16 tells us exactly what to do to find rest for our souls:

  • Stop at the crossroads: figure out where you are and why you are there.  Are you where you are in your life of your own making? Are you chasing your own goals? Who are you living for: yourself of God? Once you figure out where you are and why you can figure out where you need to go.
  • Look around: Really look at who is with you, who or what is influencing you, and why. Are there idols at the crossroads motivating your choices? Idols do not have to be giant golden statues; idols can be ego, money, popularity, prestige.
  • Take the ancient path: If you do not believe that you are where God has purposed you to be then look for the ancient path, the path that God has for you, and get on it. You will recognize the ancient path because there are no idols present and it is filled with people who are living their lives for God and walking the path according to His purpose. Proverbs 3:6 says “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
  • Find rest for your souls: When you are where you should be, living true to who you are, and God is directing your path He will provide rest for your soul. Your mind, spirit, and soul will be at rest because you are balanced, exactly where He directs you to be, and following His purpose.

When we stop working so hard to receive validation from others and realize that the only validation we need is from God, the pressures that keeps rest at bay dissipates. You don’t need your name in lights, you’re famous in your Father’s eyes [Lyrics from He Knows My Name]. You are the apple of His eye and He hides you under His wing (Psalm 17:8). There is no further validation needed.

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