Follow Ancient Paths
“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 will find rest for your souls.'” Jeremiah 6:16a (NASB)
Stone stacks have been used for millenia as directional markers
We live in an exciting time! Technology bridges the gaps between people around the globe in extraordinary ways. We see the lives of family and friends as they happen. We hear news the instant it occurs. At the same time, however, too much tech can increase the anxiety and stress we feel.
Lately, God has been speaking to me about social media. This was a typical day when I started the journey: wake up and check Facebook, Instagram, email. Get out of bed, eat, read the Bible. Get ready, check Facebook, Instagram, email. Go to work, check Facebook…
Can you relate to this? Or is another habit like playing Candy Crush, building Pinterest boards, or texting distracting you? I’m by no means perfect at managing social media, but God has been with me every step of the way on the path back to him.
Technology can take over our lives without notice. In Jeremiah’s time, the people in Jerusalem were distracted, too. They were so far away from God that he was preparing to destroy the city. However, God loved them so much he sent directions to lead them home.
Finding rest in today’s busy world can seem impossible. I can’t help but think of Jerusalem about to be destroyed compared to my own life. I’m so thankful Jeremiah recorded God’s words on how to find the way back to him in Jeremiah 6:16a.
- ‘Stand by the ways and see’ means stepping off the road you’re on to observe. What is going on in your life? What is keeping you from God? The road you’ve been walking may be popular, but is it the right one?
- ‘Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is’ means seeking God’s truth about your situation. Once he indicates we’re on the wrong road, God always shines light on the path we’re supposed to be on. Where is he leading you? What does he want you to change? Digging into God’s Word with an earnest heart, praying and seeking counsel from godly friends reveals the way back to him.
- ‘Walk in it’ means doing what God says. Some practical ways to ‘walk in it’ include doing a topical Bible study; finding someone to hold you accountable; and writing in a journal. What are other ways you can stay on the path?
- ‘And you will find rest for your souls’ is the reward for walking in God’s ways. He never changes. His principles remain the same. When we are close to God and living his way, our souls find rest.
Lord, thank you for your steadfast love. Please show me the ancient path and give me a heart to follow it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Jeremiah 6:16a is the inspiration behind the River Stones Series released 2/1/2020. Here are the pieces from the collection: