“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….” Jeremiah 6:16
New is not necessarily better. Though the common consensus may be to walk in new paths and to consider new ways, God Himself says we should ask for the old paths – the good way of faith on which the saints before us have trod, and walk therein.
In other words, we should seek the ways of God as set forth in His ancient Word, the Bible, and walk in them. We should acknowledge that God’s Word is right in all things and we are the ones who have been wrong. And our hope should be placed in the promises of God – given from the very beginning – the promises offering salvation in the Messiah and Savior Jesus and for the sake of His innocent sufferings and death in our stead!
Seek the old paths. Listen to God’s ancient Word which will never become outdated and will never pass away, and ye shall find rest for your souls – rest in Christ Jesus!
Jesus Himself said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
O LORD God, grant me the wisdom to ask for the old paths – to read and heed the ancient and inspired words of Scripture that I might acknowledge my sins and place my faith and confidence in the sacrifice of the Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior. Amen.