October 21 | Daily Devotion

October 21 | Daily Devotion

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Lectio Divina

“Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls.’” ~Jeremiah 6:16

This sermon will tell you why Jeremiah was so unpopular. He goes after the peasants (Jer. 5:4), the powerful (Jer. 5:5), and the preachers (Jer. 5:12)! He is calling all of them a bunch of stubborn people who will not listen. The people have been blessed, but they still commit adultery: “They are well-fed lusty stallions, each neighing for another man’s wife” (Jer. 5:8). They do not care about orphans or widows (Jer. 5:28). When they come to worship and offer sacrifices, which is only when they have time, they are just going through the motions (Jer. 6:20).

Jeremiah’s voice is the only one crying out. The preachers tell the people what they want to hear, and that’s the way the people like it (Jer. 5:31). They have an infected wound, but those called to the work of soul care are applying Band-Aids to a life-threatening lesion (Jer. 6:14)! The answer to the problems faced by God’s people (then and now) is not to cover them over with Band-Aid solutions. The answer is to return to the “ancient paths,” the tested and tried wisdom of the Lord that has been with God’s people from the beginning (Jer. 6:16). There is a certain way to live that will bless us, and God has revealed it to us in His Word. Others have walked these paths and have found them to be blessed! It is a good way or, as we might say, “the good life.”

Let us not be like the stubborn people who lived before us. Let us listen to the prophet and humble our hearts. Let us repent of our sins and turn from paths that lead to harm. Let us worship God and God alone. Let us love our wives and children and neighbors. Let us care for the poor. In so doing, let us avert the discipline of the Lord.

Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.