“Life is so hard” is a phrase that I have heard a lot lately.
And I agree. It is.
It is so hard to be a teenager in the world today with all the peer pressures. More than ever before, there are so many unhappy teenagers.
It is so hard to be a college student in the world today with all of the major decisions to make about what your future will look like. It is overwhelming.
It is so hard to be a young adult in the world today with the high cost of living. Generally speaking, two working adults with a car payments and a house payment will really struggle to make ends meet. Financial issues may be the worst troubles of all.
It is so hard to be a parent in the world today with all the busy-ness we live with. And with all the fears and distractions.
For many people, it often seems like there is “no looking up.” Like there is no hope. Like we cannot actually succeed, do well, make a difference, or be effective. And if there really is some reason to be optimistic, then what is it?
Hear these old words from God as He was speaking to his wayward, struggling people in the book of Jeremiah:
“Thus says the LORD: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.'” -Jeremiah 6:16
There is a way to live life right. There is a path that leads us in the right direction. There is light at the end of the tunnel. There is a reason to be hopeful. There is optimism. There are better days ahead. There is joy in the future. There is rest for our souls.
Let us take time to LOOK and see where our lives are not right. And lets see God’s ways and walk in it.
God’s way is where the good way is!
The very last part of that verse above was intentionally left out. It says “But they said, ‘we will not walk in it.'” (Jer. 6:16)
Oh the arrogance and ignorance to look and see the right thing to do, and yet still not do it.