Thought for the month (Feb 2012)

February 4, 2012

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Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice
behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it.
Isaiah 30:21
Ask where the good way is and walk in it   Jer 6:16
It has been good to start 2012 by introducing a new series looking at the
book of Jeremiah. It is divided into 52 chapters so it would be possible to
take 1 chapter every week for a year but we have decided to look at the book
in two sections, one in the early part of the year and the other later on
towards the year’s end.
We started the year with a look at our theme verses in Jeremiah 29: 11-13
and followed by hearing of the Lords call to the prophet Jeremiah as a young
boy. Next , Steve took us through chapters 2-6 contrasting the warning to
Israel of forsaking God and it’s application to us if we do likewise.
In Jeremiah  6:16 we read ‘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.
Don’t you think that this verse captures so much about our lives in that
each time we consider a way forward we face a number of possible options  -
do I go this way or do I go that way? As we consider which way to go we have
the benefit of looking back on those ancient paths, the teachings that have
gone before , the wisdom of scripture which is now so freely available to us
and the privilege of prayerful access to a personal saviour and guide. As if
this was not enough there is yet so much more. As we think about the future,
the road that lies ahead, a path that is yet to be revealed we can be
absolutely certain that if we choose to follow the good way wherever that
may take us we will find rest for our souls. Note that it does not say we
will find the easiest route, the safest route, the route that leads to fame
and fortune just ‘rest for your souls’.
Whenever you face a cross roads in your life , a time that you may be
feeling worried or uncertain about which way to go, before you reach for
your map, or iphone or satnav why not reach for this verse and take it to
your heart.
Stuart Beadle

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