I love my Sunday School class. Hands down. I love each and every woman in my class, everything they are about, and all the wisdom that they offer me every Sunday. While I am easily the youngest person in my Sunday School class by a few decades, I am absolutely in awe of the wisdom that these women have obtained over the years and are able to share with me and others around them.
What initially drew me to the class was that God had been pulling me towards the book of Deuteronomy, and it so happened that this class was beginning the book that October. After one visit I was hooked.
Honestly, throughout my Christian life, I had never spent much time in the Old Testament, and if I had, it would have been in Psalms or Proverbs, and in my later years the book of Isaiah. Deuteronomy was different though, it was history, it was part of the back story, and I couldn’t wait to dive in.
What has intrigued me so much has not just been the key verses, but what I have learned about God’s people and how it has applied to people like me today. It has taught me the real struggles of the Israelites, the mistakes and triumphs that they endured, the struggles they had, and how they are so similar to us today. What is the most amazing, awesome thing about it, is how we truly see that God is the same, yesterday, today and forever.
What does this have to do with finding rest? As I was reading through the book of Jeremiah the other day, I came across one of my favorite verses”
6 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.”
As God opened my eyes to this scripture, I began to see a correlation. When we are in the Word, we learn from our predecessors. We learn from our ancestors, we see mistakes, we see consequences, we see blessing, we see curse. What we see, a theme that never fails us, is that when we travel the old, Godly way, there is always a sense of peace and rest.
We all encounter a crossroads at one time or another. There are times when we don’t know what to do…and it seems like God may not just be giving us an audible answer. That’s what I love about God’s word! When we are faced with a decision or crossroad, we can find peace in several ways.
1) Be Still. God may not answer right away, but we need to be still, stop talking and just spend time listening to the voice of God.
2) Pray. This is the obvious, but when we pray, ask God to not only show us, but to open our eyes and ears to the things he may be telling us. When we ask God to open our eyes, ears and hearts, even a scripture we have seen 100 times will take new life.
4) Read your Bible. This where Jeremiah 6:16 comes in. We won’t know the Godly way if we don’t read about it. Learn from their mistakes, trust what they have to say! When we get into the word, God will reveal what we need to know.
3) Give up control. Its not just trust, its just letting God deal with it and trusting Him to give us the wisdom that we need to deal with our crossroad.
Isaiah 26:3 says
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
4) Thank God in advance. God’s got it! If you trust God and you involve him in your crossroads, you will have a perfect peace. He will always take care of you.
Finally take the words of Paul to heart. He says in Philippians 4:6-7:
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
I know it’s easier said than done, but just try it, little by little. Stay in the word, learn the godly way, trust Him, and you will be sure to be taken care of!
Love you guys!
Love God, Love Others, Live Loved!