THEME: THE ANCIENT PATHS
“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. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ I appointed watchmen over you and said, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But you said, ‘We will not listen.”
-The Lord spoke to the nation of Judah through prophet Jeremiah, instructing them to stop, for the paths they were walking in lead to destruction. They walked in covetousness and corrupt systems through idol worship, sexual immorality and other profanities, that destroyed their economic systems, moral values and relationship with God. The Lord told them to stop but they said, “we will not listen”. As the rebelled; the Babylonian armies matched towards them to take them captive. There is the kind of busyness that forms inside our souls as we go on with our routine way of life. The scripture says, “ stand at the crossroads and look”. It is necessary sometimes to stand/stop and look. We are called to stop and seek the Lord even when we get too busy with a certain way of life. When we get to the crossroads, it is important to stop and examine our ways. To have some kind of quietness of our souls. Some of us have a to-do list that guide our schedules each day or week. We also need to create a stop doing list that will guide us in replacing every bad habit that corrupts our souls with good, that we gain from the Lord. Once we have stopped to find the quietness of our souls. We need to “ask for the ancient paths”. Sometimes we assume that we know it all and fail to stop and ask of the Lord. If we fail to stop and ask, we fail completely and our progress becomes retrogressive. We fail to bear any good fruit. In Matthew 11:29-30, Jesus says that, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” When we are at the crossroads and anxiety crops in, we are called to stop and call on the name of Jesus, and He will give us rest for our souls.
Almighty and Everlasting Father we come before You today with humility in our hearts. We thank You for the gift of life and for giving us the grace to see this day. Thank You for Your loving kindness and merciful love upon our lives, families and nation. We are sorry Jesus for the many times we have not listened to Your voice but hardened our hearts. We are sorry for the many times we have wondered far from Your purpose and will. We have willingly walked in the wrong direction and far from Your commandments. Forgive us dear Jesus and lead us in Your path of light. Forgive us and wash us with Your precious blood. Show us Your paths of truth; Holy Spirit and guide us in the way we should go. Show us the ancient paths and lead us to the narrow paths and highways that lead to eternal life. Teach us to walk like You did Jesus and shepherd us in Your love. We submit all our cares and burdens unto You Jesus for You care for us. Help us to enter into rest. All our hope and trust is in You Jesus, we praise You and bless Your holy name; now and forever. Amen
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