Monday, June 30, 2014
Seeking Him at the Crossroads
This past weekend, a verse was pointed out to me during church that I feel like I've never truly seen before. It literally JUMPED out at me and I haven't been able to get it out of my mind; I just keep mulling it over and over in my head....
Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict (humble) ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
Like Ezra 8:21-23, this verse reminds us to stop and ask God what path He would have for us, and stop rushing into what we think is best. "Ask for the old paths" to me seems to suggest "seek Godly counsel." Another important step in the decision making process that we often overlook.
My online study continued on to Acts 13 where we see the early church leaders seeking Christ's leading through fasting and prayer:
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.