Read this last night:
Jeremiah 6:16 —
“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.”
There’s a reason the paths are ancient. They’ve been tested and found to be true. That’s where the good way is. If we walk in it, it will be good for our souls. We shouldn’t be shaken by every new thing — doctrinally or otherwise — that comes along. If we’re walking in the ancient paths, we’ll have a firm foundation.
Not that we can’t learn new things and gain new perspectives (just not on Paul . . .). And not that something is right simply because it’s old. But God has been speaking to us through the Bible for centuries. I’d rather look for wisdom there than in the latest pop psychology that’s trying so desperately to show the way to inner peace. Jeremiah 6:16 offers a simple prescription — follow the ancient paths and we’ll find rest for our souls.
If you keep reading in Jeremiah 6, you find out what happens if you don’t walk in the ancient paths. The last part of verse 16: “But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.'” The Israelites rebelled and here’s where it led them (verse 19):
“Hear, O earth; behold, I am bringing disaster upon this people,
the fruit of their devices,
because they have not paid attention to my words;
and as for my law, they have rejected it.”
They followed their own new ways rather than God’s proven ways. And they got what they asked for — a sweeping invasion by another country.
Follow the ancient paths. They may not be popular and they may not be easy. But they’re worth it. And your soul will find rest there.