16 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.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17 I appointed watchmen over you and said,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
But you said, ‘We will not listen.’ - Jeremiah 6:16-17
God invites us to stand at the threshold (crossroad) of a new year and to look out into the next 12 months. In order for us to navigate our way through the maze and muck of the future, we should ask for the paths that are well worn - the ancient paths that have carried the Faithful through their own lives.
When we are given the 'good way', then we need to walk in that way, trusting in the Lord to be with us. Sadly, the people of Jeremiah's time chose not to walk in God's ways - they chose their own paths and in the end they forfeited the peace and rest they desperately wanted.
Let us listen to the words of God today!
We can still ask for the ancient paths and then we need to walk in those words of wisdom.
Living in Grace