Where is the good way.............? by Ruth Johnson
“Stand at the crossroads
ask for the ancient paths.
Ask where the good way is,
and walk in it and
you will find rest
for your souls….”
This blog, and my monthly contribution, began a year ago and coincided with Brian, my husband, retiring and feeling at a crossroads of life. Although not a new wife, this verse came to me. Deut.24:5 “When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army, nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home for one year and shall bring happiness to his wife whom he has taken.” This year that has been outworked in our lives. Now we stand again and await direction.
Nine years ago we asked for a new church His answer was Jer.6.16. We were clearly directed to a church where the sermon that morning was based on that verse confirming the ancient paths were God’s Word and Spirit. Our love and life together has been transformed by those paths. We have a new leader he's decided on a church motto “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things (Matt.6:25-33) will be added unto you.” That was the motto of the church where forty three years ago I was saved and we were married. It feels we have come full circle.
To update my breast lump the surgeon regularly suggests removing what is left after nearly six years of taking different tablet brands to shrink it. I believe the Lord said, “Seven years coming, seven years going". A month before a recent appointment I’d been taking Teva UK pills which I’d not been given in years and it felt they were doing more than the others. A subsequent scan and mammogram has been unable to detect so small a lump! Unexpectedly I discovered Teva UK was an Israeli company which confirmed my decision to let the Lord finish His work.
In this last month we have immersed ourselves in seeking God's Kingdom, here and in Israel. God is bringing the hearts of His true born, and adopted, sons and daughters together. As we listened to our Jewish friend talking about Jeremiah I was reminded about those ancient paths, and felt the Lord say, “6:16”. I smiled and nodded. But He added, “the numbers are important, not the verse.” I thought for a moment, then it hit me, June is the 6th month, the year 2016, the time set for the fate of our nation to be decreed.
Jeremiah prophesied what God desired to do, but knew the Jews wouldn’t listen. Today, God is listening to those whose hearts wholeheartedly desire to follow and know His good way. A week later the overall message from the ‘Women on the Frontline Conference” was to hear from heaven and say ‘yes’ to Him.
Our nation is at a crossroads, I believe we need to heed His 6:16 call by asking for His wisdom to stay or leave the EU.