“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.’” (Jeremiah 6:16)
There is a way that is both good and beautiful. It is a way filled with life and love and peace. It is a way filled with joy and gladness and delight. It is a way that can only be arrived at as a result of standing and looking and asking. And yet, it is a way we are invited to walk in. It is a way of living our lives, rather than allowing our lives to live us. It is a way that involves being exactly who and what we were created to be. This good way is meant to be a reflection of the very good nature of God’s creation intent. Thus the good of Jeremiah 6:16 is only an echo of the very good uttered in Genesis 1:31. It is living in alignment with who he made us to be.
But how do we know if we are actually walking in this good way? Well, that’s the easy part: our souls will be at rest. Which means, if our souls are not at rest, then we are not walking in God’s good way. It’s a spiritual diagnostic. God’s desire and intent for us is a good life, walking in the good way, that reflects our good God. It makes me wonder why we settle for so much less.