Chapter 6

Poor God. Why does he put up with us? We, who repeatedly forget what he has done for us. We, who rebel against Him and go our own way. No wonder he gets angry. I don’t mean that to sound trite. We are meant to be devoted to him – that’s how it’s meant to be. That is where freedom and contentment are to be found. How hurtful it must be to see your own children thumb their noses at you and at your wisdom? God yearns for us to come home, to come back to him, to live with him. Jeremiah is very intense, and not pleasant reading at times, but I really like these verses: “Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” (6:16) [ESV] The verses go on to give a warning about the awful calamity to follow. Why do I like these verses? Because they are like “ask, seek, knock”. God expects us to search for him. He wants us to, and he tells us how to find him. We are to go out, to look, to ask, and to somehow mysteriously find rest at the same time as we journey along “the good way”. I’m beginning to wonder whether ‘rest’ is what I think it is; whether it is more about peace in the midst of uncertainty and chaos if we are walking in the way – i.e. following Christ in trust and obedience. The narrow path. [11-04-2008]

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