Date: Tuesday, September 30
Scripture: Jeremiah 6:13-18
Verse: Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, “We will not walk in it.” (Jeremiah 6:16)
My family and I were recently on a long road trip. We spent days traveling from one town we did not know to another we did not know. It was amazing the difference between the places with good signs and the ones without. There were some places where the signage was so good we could turn off the map app on our smart phones and just follow the signs. Then there were others where we dared not turn it off. Street signs were hidden behind trees, and there was even a stop sign or two we had trouble finding. I cannot express just how much I learned to appreciate the money cities and towns invest in good signs.
In today’s text the prophet Jeremiah shares with the people about finding the good way. He talks about all the routes they might take — greed, lying, false security, and more. Then he tells them they are at a crossroads, and they must choose the good way. The signs he tells the people to look for are the “ancient paths,” where there will be “rest for your souls.” What a good way for us to live as well, looking for God’s way amidst the ways of the world.
Yesterday we talked about the way of God we can find in the midst of the mess in the world. Part of what we need to learn is to see the signs. Spending time every day with God, like by doing these daily devotions, spending time in prayer, and looking for the Kingdom of God in your everyday living are all wonderful ways of training yourself to see the signs. When we know the signs, we can walk in the way of Jesus day after day.
Prayer: Show me the signs that lead to your way, O God. Amen.
Action: Take note of the signage your come across today — on your commute, in your office, at the stores you go to.
Respond: Where locally have you seen the best signage?
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