I had to interact directly with at least two people yesterday. But I survived. It was for the best. Plus I got to receive forgiveness which was good for me. In the second conversation, we discussed changing patterns to get out of the destructive paths we are on. This morning I am reading Jeremiah and this verse jumps out at me.
The LORD said to his people: “You are standing at the crossroads. So consider your path. Ask where the old, reliable paths are. Ask where the path is that leads to blessing and follow it. If you do, you will find rest for your souls.” But they said, “We will not follow it!” –Jeremiah 6:16
That is interesting to me. Is the “old, reliable” path the one that leads away from blessing? I have thought quite extensively about how how to get off the path that leads to self-loathing. I recognize some triggers and can avoid them but there are endless possible triggers that lead to this path. I cannot avoid them all.
So do I say like the Israliets – “I will not follow it!”? Or do I fight? Some days fighting just means getting out of bed. Those mornings when you tell God: “I don’t want to get out of bed. Help me!” He has always been faithful to me and that victory belongs to Him. The glory from this victory is His alone. I often apply this to other parts of the day. “I don’t want to do this or that. Help me!” Again He is faithful.
What lesson do I learn from situations like this? Complete dependence on God is what I should learn. When it occurs, God is faithful to provide what is best in your life for His glory. This is what matters most – His glory. Is my life a testament to His glory? Can I say that “you, O Lord, are…my glory”? –Psalm 3:3.
So you are standing at the crossroads. You consider your path. Will you find rest for your souls?