The King James Version says:
“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.”
The New International Version says:
“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.”
The Amplified Version says:
“Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads and look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Finally, the Message says:
“God’s Message yet again:
Go stand at the crossroads and look around.
Ask for directions to the old road,
The tried and true road. Then take it.
Discover the right route for your souls.”
It is very clear that you would not be reading this entry if it were not for modern technology…for this I am very grateful.
As I read this verse repeatedly and reflectively, I realize that I personally feel a restlessness and I see it in others as well. We live in a time that has SO MUCH! Yesterday, there was a crisis because those that carry Blackberries were unable to use them because of some type of outage. I know that I complained when we had dial up service for our computer and could not use our telephone and computer simultaneously yet we also had cellular phones at our disposal.
I lament that I don’t entertain as in the past, because I am “too busy” with so many tasks and activities. If someone happened to drop by my home, would they even find me home?
My children find “good old fashion” fun when we play board games…a stark contrast to the video games era in which they live. However, Caleb puts his hands over his ears during our morning worship service because the decibel level is too strong for his young ears.
I have numerous versions of the Bible yet people in other countries have empty hands.
Does anyone observe the sabbath anymore? I know that my heart and mind longs for one. Yet somehow my microwave oven even seems too slow at times.
Make no mistake, I am not saying that I would prefer to scrub my clothes on a rock because I happen to “enjoy” using my Whirlpool twin set…but I am realizing that not all the new ways will bring the rest that I desire and that God wants me to have.
Today, I am going to ask the Lord to help me find the rest that He invites me to experience. I don’t need to throw my cell phone in the Willamette but I don’t have to have it attached to my hip either. I am going to ask Him for the freedom to say “No” when I don’t hear His voice behind the request and not add to my life more than is necessary for each day. I could look at the verse in Jeremiah as one that was written for the Old Testament believers but the listed reference verse is from the first book of the New Testament in Jesus’ very words to me…so familiar but how often do I take Him up on His peaceful and amazing offer?
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]
Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle [meek] and humble [lowly] in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.”
Matthew 11: 28, 29 (AMP)
Lord, I praise You that You are that tried and true Road. I also praise You that You knew what this very time would be like for me and that I would struggle to find peace in the clamor of bigger, better and more. Help me to reflect on this life that You have given me and stand back and really look at which way I am travelling and at what speed. Reveal to me the direction You want me to pursue, what needs to be eliminated so that I can really find You in a place of peace. I am so aware that my ways are not Your ways so I am asking You to show me the perfect way to walk out this life for Your glory and for my joy.
In Jesus’ Name,