Jeremiah 6:16 – “Thus says the LORD, “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you shall find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” NASB
Our modern society is possibly the most highly educated in human history. With that education comes supposed sophistication and the influx of new and modern ideas regarding religion, God, humanity, morality, and the relevancy of the Bible. Modern philosophy suggests that there are many roads that lead to heaven and sincerity is the key ingredient and all that truly matters. It suggests that God is a God of Love and He would never condemn anyone to an Eternal Hell for if He did, he would no longer be a God of love.
The spiritual pilgrim faces many crossroads in life, and it is vital to know the direction to travel. Our spiritual GPS needs to be up to date and accurate. If we are going to please God, we must walk in faith, and faith demands obedience to God’s principles and precepts.
The passage here in Jeremiah gives the idea of a traveler who is traveling on foot and coming to a junction or fork in the road. He must find the way, or he will be lost eternally and doomed. God desires that we, do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before Him. Solomon in Ecclesiastes said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Man thinks he has a “new revelation” but it is not new, at least not to God, only new to us.
There is a path to be discovered and it is what the Bible calls, “the old path” or the “sure way.” If we still cannot see the way after consulting with our road map (the Word of God), then we must for guidance (the Holy Spirit) and follow His directions. Once we discover the path, it is imperative that we walk in it.
Several things are worthy of consideration and I ask you to consider them with me.
- Why Ask for The Old Paths?
I contend and the Bible reveals that the new paths (man-made paths) are delusive and deceptive. The Old Path is what the Bible calls the Highway of Holiness. Man seeks to substitute an alternate, less constraining highway for the old path. That way is formed out of the carnal need for a convenient religion. Paul said in Galatians 1:8, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!” It is vital that we seek the Old Paths and Walk in them… They lead to God. Remember Jesus’ declaration in John 14:6, “I am the way the truth and the life.” There no door but Jesus. There are not many roads leading to heaven, there is a narrow way that leads to life.
- What Are the Old Paths?
They are the paths trodden by the biblical patriarchs. The Psalmist reminds us in Psalms 119:105, the Word of God is a lamp and a light guiding us. The old paths reveal the will of God and are an unerring path that leads to peace and God’s provisions. The old paths are sprinkled with the Blood of the Atonement, not the new Rose Water of man’s pleasing. The Old Paths produce Christlikeness.
- Why Should We Walk in the Old Paths?
Because it is there that we find the Blood of Jesus that cleanses, forgives, saves, and justifies. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission and it is the Blood of Jesus that atones for our sins. That is only found on the Old Paths. It is there that we discover the Word of God that fully satisfies. The apostle Peter said, “For we did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2 Peter 2:16).
Nothing can satisfy the longing soul but God. There is no other Light that lights the world. Jesus is the Truth and there are not many truths that lead to the Father. He is the Door and there are not many doors leading to heaven. He is the Way and there are not many ways that lead us to Peace. The Broad Way may look good and inviting but in it is death, disappointment, and destruction.
- Why Should We Seek the Old Paths?
Because in the Old Paths we find the Power of the Holy Spirit to Sanctify. In the new modern convenient religious paths, there is no place for being set apart unto God and away from the world. The Old Paths are paths of Peace, Provision, and Power because in them the Son of God still walks in the company of His followers.
Therefore, we should, “Ask for the Old Paths, where the good way is, and walk therein, and we will find rest for our souls.” We should always test the paths as we do the spirits by the Word of God to ensure we are following the right paths and the paths that lead to life.
God bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!